For a few years now, [Jomegat] has been thinking about Sting, the sword wielded by [Bilbo Baggins] and later [Frodo] in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Sting glows blue whenever an orc is near. Assuming the Elvish magic created by Tolkien is in reality highly advanced Elvish technology, [Jomegat] figured out a way to make his plastic Sting detect WiFi-enabled orcs.
Since The Hobbit was released, toy stores have been flooded with related merchandise that included a wonderful toy version of everyone’s favorite orc killing weapon. The only problem was how to add orc sensors to this plastic Sting. [Jomegat] assumed all orcs carry a cell phone, and being the low creatures they are, would always have their WiFi turned on. [Jomegat] found a very inexpensive WiFi detector key chain that would sense these phone-carrying orcs and light up to alert our warrior to imminent danger.
After acquiring the materials crafted from Elvish
magic technology, [Jomegat] opened up the plastic hilt of Sting and installed the WiFi detector. Now, whenever Sting senses the preferred wireless connection of the orc, the blade glows a bright blue.
[Jomegat] was eaten by a grue shortly after completing this project.
15 thoughts on “Plastic Sword Detects WiFi-enabled Orcs”
Let this be a lesson! Don’t forget your light source when entering the basement.
Nice hack, by the way :)
Ha! Great title! Nice hack.
Great idea and nicely implemented.
I would have probably gone with bluetooth rather than wifi but its a pretty cool project.
There are way too many wifi Orcs around where I live. Bluetooth would indeed be a better option.
nice and simple = best hacks!
In case anyone else wants to make their own, here are the two pieces needed:
Those grues are why I always carry a pencil and a piece of graph paper with me.
802.11g for Gondolin.
I love the writeup, and how it matches the theory on the project site.
one does not simply connect to modor…
Not a bad idea, especially now WiFi is so ubiquitous so you aren’t left with something that is too theoretical
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