As the movie Captain America: Civil War hit theaters last weekend, Mouser Electronics teamed up with Marvel comics to build some super weapons.
Captain America’s shield and Iron Man’s laser gauntlet were constructed by Grant Imahara, formerly of Mythbusters hosting fame, and Allen Pan, the YouTuber who made Thor’s Hammer. Both props used components from Molex and Analog devices to create their silver screen effects. The shield is mounted on a drone, allowing it to fly back to its user’s hand, while the Iron Man gauntlet is a fully articulated armor piece equipped with a working laser. They might not look as sleek as their movie counterparts, but the videos detail exactly how they were made. Want to try this at home?
“We’ve been let loose in the new Mouser Innovation Lab and asked to make Super Hero equipment that actually works. It’s a dream assignment,” said Imahara.
The videos are part of a series called Project Heroes, designed to inspire both kids and adults to invent the amazing technology they want to see in the world. It’s also part of the larger Empowering Innovation Together program, in which the Innovation Lab becomes the hub for Mouser’s technology to be used in new and modern ways like 3D printed cars and personal digital assistants. After the Super Hero series is over, Grant will keep working on Mouser projects in the Empowering Innovation Together program.
“Engineering is all about capability and creativity, so only good things can come from bringing the Super Hero world of Marvel into the Mouser Innovation Lab. We hope that innovators of all ages will be inspired by these projects. After all, that’s the ultimate goal of the Empowering Innovation Together program,” said Glenn Smith, president and CEO of Mouser.
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