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Burning Lightsaber

Allen Pan, an electrical engineer and Star Wars fanatic who is best known for his Thor hammer recreation, has built a real burning lightsaber. It consists of a nichrome ignition (found in model rockets), a syringe valve located in a 3D-printed enclosure, along with a mixture of methanol and acetone for fuel. First, you load the device with butane as a propellant, hit a button that triggers lightsaber sound effects, and you're ready for an epic duel. This burning lightsaber is essentially a small flamethrower with a focused blue beam. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing how to make a coin battery.

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Boba Fett Armor

Officially known as the GalacTac Project by AR500, this Boba Fett-inspired ballistic armor prototype turns soldiers into the famed bounty hunter, and comes complete with a T-shaped visor, chest + shoulder armor pieces, a helmet-mounted nightvision scope, as well as gauntlets. No word yet on if this will be available to consumers, or just military. For those interested in seeing this in person, you can head on over to the Shot Show in Las Vegas today (Wednesday). Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of medieval MMA - yes, it's a real sport.

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Star Wars Death Star Waffle Maker

The Star Wars Death Star Waffle Maker is no longer a concept, and is now available for purchase. It's officially licensed, and comes complete with fully operational features: a regulating thermostat to ensure even browning, five temperature settings for preferred waffle crispness, a dual-indicator LED light lets you know when the iron is hot and when the waffle is ready. When not in use, it can stand upright. Get one here now. Continue reading for more simple, yet clever, product ideas.

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Anakin Luke Lightsaber

Martin Beyer is not your ordinary Star Wars fanatic. He creates extremely detailed lightsabers in his spare time, and this Anakin / Luke creation is his latest project. It features a real (removable) blue Aqua Aura Quartz, Plecter Labs CF 7,5 soundboard, 2W speaker, triple CREE LEDs, all powered by 2x 3.7V 14650 batteries. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here for more images of the Graflex Saber 2.0.

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Force Awakens VFX

Movies like Star Wars Force Awakens, Jurassic World, Interstellar, and countless others, all rely on VFX to immerse the audience. This interesting behind-the-scenes video shows us what the former looks like in green screen form, as well as post production. One interesting fact you may not have known is that Force Awakens uses more visual effects than Phantom Menace, which used tons of miniatures. Continue reading for three more behind-the-scenes videos.

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Burning Lightsaber

There are toy lightsabers, and then Styropyro's version, which uses a massive Nichia GaN blue laser diode. It was over-driven to 7W output by running it at 4.6A with a couple high efficiency buck drivers in parallel. An anti-reflective coated glass lens focuses the beam, making it all come together, while the device is powered by two unprotected 18650 batteries in series. "In terms of building a working lightsaber, the two main limiting factors are beam confinement and high energy density storage. With the amazing Li-Ion batteries that the scientists/engineers have developed, stupidly powerful handheld lasers can be built, just like this one here. The issue then becomes confinement, which doesn't look possible any time soon with a device like this. Oh well, my attempt is still bright and light things on fire," said Styropyro. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a nifty life hack showing how to defog your windows twice as fast using science.

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Calvin Hobbes Star Wars

Photo credit: Brian Kesinger via Buzzfeed

Marvel Comics artist Brian Kesinger got the idea for a Calvin and Hobbes-themed Force Awakens series when he saw Rey riding her makeshift sled down a sand dune, and the rest was history. "It struck me that she probably did that as a child and that's when the Calvin and Hobbes image flashed in my head. Bill Watterson has been one of my biggest artistic influences so it was a fun opportunity to combine two of my favorite things," said Kesinger. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Force Band BB-8


Sphero's BB-8 app-enabled droid may be cool enough for most, but now there's a new model that lets you control things with hand gestures. Called the "Force Band", this Bluetooth device basically enables you to move the droid around in the same way as the original smartphone app, but without the use of a phone, watch or additional accessories. For those who already own the first version, it's fully compatible with this new accessory, which is set to be released this fall. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a biker who encountered unexpected road debris.

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Frozen in Carbonite Fridge

The famous Han Solo in Carbonite scene has now been reimagined as a mini fridge that can hold up to 18 cans of soda (or beer). You can either stick this on a desk, or use the included 12V DC power cord in your car. "It's even got a handle on top for grabbing, which, let us tell you, is more convenient than carrying a huge block of flippin' carbonite. Whether it's blue milk or leftover bantha burgers, the Han Solo Fridge is ready for all your late-night bounty hunting," said ThinkGeek. Get one here now. Continue reading for a full video review and more information. Click here to view some bonus gritty Star Wars fan art images.

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Rey on Jakku

Photo credit: Euclase

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken many box office records, including the highest-grossing worldwide opening of all time and the fastest film to reach $1 billion. As of January 1, 2016, it has generated a global box office gross of over $1.3 billion, becoming the fourth highest-grossing film of 2015, the seventh highest of all time and the highest in the franchise without inflation adjustment. Continue reading for more incredible fan art.

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