Since we just learned that Star Wars: Episode VII started filming yesterday (it’s really happening!), it seems like a great time to look at another lightsaber build. Instructables user agent036 used plumbing parts for the hilt and took apart a toy lightsaber for the blade. Between a sink drain, a plumbing extension tube, some wire, and other odds and ends, he made a hilt that looks much more realistic than anything you see on toy store shelves. Before you dive into wiring, piece the hilt together is pretty straightforward:
The Pop-Up Drain, and the Extension tube. These two parts are magic. Just sticking the one on the other looks like a light saber. What I did was I removed the plastic and brass rings from the drain, and then wrapped a bunch of rubber bands around one end to build it up so I could squeeze the extension tube on and have it stay. There are lots of ways to do this, I just had a pile of rubber bands handy. You could use gaskets or taper or whatever. Now unscrew the bottom tube from the drain to make it easier to get into it.
Eink, E-paper, Think Ink – Collin shares six segments pondering the unusual low-power display technology that somehow still seems a bit sci-fi – http://adafruit.com/thinkink
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