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RPC M1B Rocket-Propelled Chainsaw


Rocket-Propelled Chainsaw

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These work best during instances where hordes of zombies line up perfectly to your line-of-sight.

Real Star Wars – The Walker


AT-AT walkers

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In the Star Wars films, walkers were vehicles that were usually military, that used mechanical legs as its primary method of locomotion over the landscape rather than the more common repulsors, wheels, or treads. Its primary use was for ground assault or transport.

In the original trilogy (the first three Star Wars movies made, IV, V, and VI), there is the All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT) and the All Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST). In the prequel trilogy (the last three movies made I, II, and III) and the Star Wars Expanded Universe, there are numerous other types of walkers.

Star Wars has popularized the use of walkers and mecha in various media, which usually bear a similar resemblance to the bipedal AT-ST. Star Wars walkers have inspired the use of mecha in film, video games, board games, books, TV shows, and Japanese anime. George Lucas claims that he got the original idea for walkers from the cargo lifters which reside in the port of Oakland.

The definition of Mecha from Wikipedia:

Mecha, also known as meka or mechs, is a broad genre of walking vehicles which are usually controlled by a pilot. Mecha often appear in anime, science fiction, and other genres involving fantastic or futuristic elements. Mecha are generally, though not necessarily, bipedal, with arms, hands, and usually fingers capable of grasping objects. A mecha that approximates the shape of a human body allows the use of martial arts movements and swordsmanship, ceremonial acts of honor, saluting, and other human mannerisms that cannot be performed using a tank or airplane.

In most fiction in which they appear, mecha are war machines: essentially armored fighting vehicles with legs instead of treads or wheels. Some stories, such as the manga Patlabor and American wargame BattleTech, also encompass mecha used for civilian purposes such as heavy construction work, police functions or firefighting.

Some science fiction universes posit that mecha are the primary means of combat, with conflicts sometimes being decided through gladiatorial matches. Others represent mecha as one component of an integrated military force, supported by and fighting alongside tanks, fighter aircraft, and infantry, functioning as a mechanical cavalry. The applications often highlight the theoretical usefulness of such a device, combining a tank’s resilience and fire power with infantry’s ability to cross unstable terrain. In other cases they are demonstrated with a greater versatility in armament, such as in the Armored Core series of video games where mecha can utilize their hands to carry a wide range of armament in the same manner as a person albeit on a much larger scale.

The distinction between true mecha and their smaller cousins (and likely progenitors), the powered armor suits [also known as powered exoskeletons], is blurred; according to one definition, a mecha is piloted while a powered armor is worn. Anything large enough to have a c*ckpit where the pilot is seated is generally considered a mecha.Read more…

In real-life a walker (also known as a mecha), is a vehicle that moves on legs rather than wheels or tracks. Walkers have been constructed with anywhere from one to more than eight legs. They are classified according to the number of legs with common configurations being one leg (pogo stick or “hopper”), two legs (biped), four legs (quadruped), and six legs (hexapod).

Walking Truck (Cybernetic Walking Machine)

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The Walking Truck (Cybernetic Walking Machine) was an experimental quadruped robot built by General Electric in 1968. It was designed by Ralph Mosher to help infantry carry equipment over rough terrain. The stepping of the robot was controlled by a human operator through foot and hand movements coupled to hydraulic valves. The complex movements of the legs and body pose were done entirely through hydraulics. The hydraulic fluid and pressure was supplied through an off-board system. The Walking Truck can be seen at the U.S. Army Transportation Museum in Fort Eustis, VA. (Wickelgren, 1996). The robot weighted 3,000 pounds and could walk up to 5 miles an hour. It was exhausting to control and operators, according to program lead Ralph Mosher who was the primary driver, could only drive the Walking Truck for a limited time.
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Land Walker

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The Land Walker is a one-man, two-legged supposed walker transport, 3.40 metres in height. Made with the assistance of P.A. Technology, the walker is copyright of the Sakakibara Kikai Co. and Ltd.
The vehicle’s design features a c*ckpit, two legs, and two air cannons (each firing large rubber balls which ironically cost more than bullets). The legs end in feet containing wheels that help push the walker forward. The walker’s usual speed is approximately 1.5 km/h. It does not actually walk, however, instead shuffling on wheels hidden under its “feet.” This means it is not technically a walker; it merely has the appearance of one.
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This mecha will not work on terrain that is not entirely flat as it would just fall over.

T-52 Enryu (Rescue Dragon)

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The T-52 Enryu (T-52 援竜, lit. rescue dragon), sometimes referred to as “HyperRescueRobot”, is a five-ton, 3 meter tall (approx. 10 ft), hydraulically-operated robot, built to cut a path through debris for rescue workers, in the wake of an earthquake or other catastrophe. It can perform heavy lifting of up to one ton, and its arms have the full range of motion available to the human arm. The Enryu was designed by the Japanese company Tmsuk, and a prototype was unveiled in March, 2004 in Japan.

As of 2006, the robot conducted a performance test at Nagaoka University of Technology and successfully lifted a car from a snowbank.

TMSUK developed the robot in cooperation with Kyoto University, the Kitakyushu Fire Department and Japan’s National Research Institute of Fire and Disaster in Tokyo. The 3.5 metre-tall robot can either be driven from a c*ckpit positioned at the front of the robot or it can be controlled remotely as like its cousin the Banryu, it contains multiple CCD cameras which transmit to the remote driver – in this case, it has seven 6.8-megapixel CCD cams mounted on its “head”, “torso” and “arms”.
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Walking Forest Machine

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John Deere’s hexapod Walking Forest Machine is a type of real walker.

LittleDog

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Two smaller walkers, that do not carry a pilot (or passengers), are BigDog and LittleDog who are both used in the military.

AT-ST walker

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Real walkers have been created and are quite possible, although many are limited. For more information on the practicality of mecha as war machines, click here.

Real Star Wars – The Lightsaber


Lightsabers

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In the Star Wars films, lightsabers (also called laser swords by the uneducated) are depicted as a one-handed or two-handed weapon that have a polished metal hilt (between about twenty and thirty-five centimeters in length typically) which projects a blade of plasma energy (suspended in a force containment field) about 39 inches long (one meter). The blade did not radiate heat or expend energy until it came into contact with a solid object, although it could cut through almost anything (except for a few lightsaber-resistant materials). The field contained the immense heat of the plasma, protecting the wielder, and allowed the blade to keep its shape. The plasma was projected through a set of focusing crystals (three crystals would usually be used, although only one was required) that lent the blade its properties and allowed the adjustment of the blade length and power output.

In the Expanded Universe, lightsabers had many blade and hilt variation. Each lightsaber was designed to meet the user’s specific needs, preferences, and styles. They were primarily used during combat and rituals.

Obi-Wan Kenobi allows himself to be struck down by Darth Vader's lightsaber

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In real-life, light cannot be formed and utilized into a solid blade (as it is designed to travel continuously and not be stopped, in this case, at three feet without completely restricting the strength of the rest of the blade), there are other alternatives; however, including plasma swords (similar to those in Halo), black holes, and carbon nanotubes.

Plasma Sword from Halo

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Many commandos can easily die from blood loss from traumatic wounds due to gunfire, shrapnel, or from even grenades. That is why, the military has already started field-testing a Plasma Knife. It will be used for emergencies when the commandos are without the luxury of medical backup while in the field.

The knife’s blade consists of heated, ionized gas, which easily cuts through flesh and cauterizes the wound on contact. Through cauterization, the damaged flesh can be protected from excessive bleeding and infection. A normal medical Plasma Knife relies primarily on a strong power source, but the commando version’s only drawback is it’s low-power although it is wearable and easily transported.

While it can not be used as a weapon very easily (as it would quickly run out of power), it is still pretty close to a ‘real’ lightsaber like the ones shown in the movies.

A Carbon Nanotube

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A thin, carbon nanotube wire (a nano is a billionth of a meter), strong enough to not break, but thin enough to cut through a solid object could be used to make a weapon that could slice through almost anything.

The problem with this idea is that, the user or the victim could not see the ‘blade’ because of its small size resulting in an accidental injury or fatality, or even the possibility of it being misplaced. In order for it to be handled properly, a handle would be needed at one end; however, it would throw off the balance of the whole weapon itself because of the lack of a equal amount of weight on the opposite end. This could possibly be solved if the ‘sharp end’ had a magnet on it and the handle end had an electromagnet stretching the carbon nanotube out; however, it would only be able to be used for slicing or cutting not stabbing.

A wedge-like blade would not work because it bends the top of what it is slicing, often creating cracks in the object or victim instead of a sharp clean cut.

A black hole could be used as a weapon someday...

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A small black hole could not be used, at this point, because it is too heavy to wield and because of its short lifespan (resulting in a massive ball of fire).

It has also been suggested that a lightsaber could use glass filaments that extend when gigawatts of laser energy (stored in a non-existent power source) are pumped through it when it is turned on.

Spyder III Pro Arctic

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The Spyder III Pro Arctic is one (if not, the one) of the most lightsaber-like weapon that actually exists in real-life. The Spyder III, made by Wicked Lasers, is also the most powerful portable laser that uses only 1 Watt released that costs a mere $200. The blue-laser diode is from a dismantled Casio projector (the new mercury-free Green Slim projector, specifically) that Wicked Lasers used to make it. They are also throwing in a free pair of safety-glasses with the purchase of the Spyder III.

Wicked Lasers mentioned that, “Extremely dangerous is an understatement to the power of 1W of laser power. It will blind permanently and instantly and set fire quickly to skin and other body parts, use with extreme caution and only when using the included eye protection. Customers will be required to completely read and agree to our Class IV Laser Hazard Acknowledgment Form.

If you are not trained in the Jedi arts, then this is not for you.

While there needs to be quite a lot of development in these kinds of technology, we can still dream, and maybe someday some brilliant scientist or student could eventually make one without making it completely out of plastic (or paper). Who knows, maybe we could find a way to make lasers to stop at a point (without it being fatal) for a real, practical, working lightsaber.