How To: This DIY WiFi-Detecting 'Sting' Blade Is Perfect for Any Hobbit Looking for a Hotspot

This DIY WiFi-Detecting 'Sting' Blade Is Perfect for Any Hobbit Looking for a Hotspot

There are very, very few things better than a solid Hobbit songI mean, I was almost brought to tears when Pippin busted out this one in The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

Seriously, if that was on iTunes, I would definitely throw down a buck for it.

Oh wait, it is. Nice.

So, when Peter Jackson decided to make The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I was pumped. I knew for sure that there was going to be another kickass song, only this time, the Hobbits got outshone by a band of dwarves.

I would pay big bucks for them to sing at my next birthday party.

Now, what's better than singing Hobbits and Dwarves? Sting. No, not the singer Sting, but the Elvish dagger—probably one of the most famous movie weapons of all time. It's magical properties make it glow blue whenever there are nearby Orcs in the area, which is quite helpful for a Hobbit.

But, in the real world, detecting Orcs isn't a priority, especially for those who paid for one of the tons or replica Stings available out there. What is a priority? Internet, of course. And that's why superfan jomegat created this glowing Wi-Fi detecting Sting blade.

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He made this Wi-Fi detector dagger by using a small, cheap Wi-Fi detector, a Sting sword that turns blue at the press of a button, and a 3V battery. Easy enough.

He said that the hardest part was taking the sword apart, which he did with a drill and pocket knife. Taking apart the Wi-Fi detector was much easier; he just popped off the cover.

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The second hardest part was using the wiring that already existed in the sword and connecting it to the Wi-Fi detector. Actually connecting the wires is rather simple—he just used hot glue.

But figuring out which wires do what you need them to do is another story. For this he used a probe to measure the wires' output.

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Once he figured out which wires did what, he was able to connect the sword's LED cords to the Wi-Fi detector's LED, so that the sword would light up when the detector found a network.

With this, you'd know before you ever pulled your phone out to check if the place you're in has Wi-Fi or not! Not that you'd carry it everywhere with you or anything...

For more information on this project, as well as some cool commentary, check out jomegat's blog.

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