A Nicely Crafted POV Lightsaber

We need to have a talk. As tough a pill as it is to swallow, we have to face that fact that some of the technology promised to us by Hollywood writers and prop makers just isn’t going to come true. We’re never going to have a flux capacitor, actual hoverboards aren’t a real thing, and nobody is going to have sword fights with laser beams.

But just because we can’t have real versions of these devices doesn’t mean we can’t make our own prop versions with a few value-added features, like this cool persistence-of-vision lightsaber. [Luni], better known around these parts as [Bitluni] and for his eponymous YouTube channel where he performs wizardry like turning an ESP32 into a software-defined television station, shows he’s no slouch at more mechanical builds either. The hardware is standard POV fare, with a gyro to sense the position of the lightsaber hilt and an ESP32 to run the long Neopixel strip in the blade. There’s also a LiPo pack and a biggish DC-DC converter; the latter contributes mightily to the look of the prop, with its large heatsinks that stick out from the end of the aluminum tubing hilt. There’s also a small speaker and amp for the requisite sound effects on startup and shutdown, and the position-sensitive thrumming is a nice touch too. Check out the POV action in the video below.

What’s that you say? You recall seeing a real lightsaber here before? Well, sort of, but that’s pushing things a bit. Or perhaps you’ve got this more destructive version in mind.

7 thoughts on “A Nicely Crafted POV Lightsaber

  1. Very neat. Been meaning to build one for a friend. I’ve been using Ben Heck’s nice PixelBlaze to do a lot of the heavy lifting on my own POV staff; it’s fun and pretty easy to work with.

    I swear I’ve seen a flux capacitor on Digikey. I doubt it could handle all the GW, though.

  2. Hoverboards could physically happen, you just need to find a magnet strong enough to create a repulsion force against the earth’s magnet field that it would be able to lift around 100 kilos, give and take.
    Or super rotating fans that have almost no current draw or super rotating fans that are powered by magical batteries.

    Technically it could happen.

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