In a recent episode of Make It Real from YouTube channel The Hacksmith, the crew built something pretty epic – a real-life version of Doomfist’s gauntlet from Overwatch. This thing is no joke. It weighs in at 45 pounds and packs approximately 2,600 pounds of pneumatic punching force.
Naturally, this power is used to destroy a bunch of random stuff. Stuff like mannequin heads, concrete blocks, a bicycle helmet, computers, speakers, ceramics, doors, even a 70″ plasma TV. The TV puts up the best fight. If you want to skip straight to the punching, it starts at 8:15.
Not to get too nerdy, but if you watch closely, it looks like it’s destructive power is mostly due to its weight, and not because of its pneumatic punch. You likely would get similar results without the pneumatics and just started smashing things with a 45 pound metal fist.
It’s still a pretty cool working prop though and its a fun project for Overwatch fans if you want to attempt to make one for yourself. But if you do, you better work out first, because this thing is super heavy. You’ll need a very strong arm to wield this heavy weapon.
1985′s Gauntlet was an amazing game that I spent way too many hours (and quarters) playing in the arcade. So I’m excited for its return so I can add even more hours to my record. Gauntlet fans have been waiting for this for some time.
Each character will have its own strengths and weaknesses. The Warrior does the most damage in melee combat; the Wizard has the most powerful magic; the Valkyrie has the most armor, and the Elf is the fastest. Pretty much what you would expect. Check out the trailer for some gameplay footage:
It looks pretty awesome to me. The dungeons look a bit too much like Diablo III, but I can live with that, given that Diablo quite possibly wouldn’t exist if not for the original Gauntlet.
[via The Mary Sue]
Last year we featured SparkFun’s guide for making an electronic dice gauntlet. The instructions are still available online, but if you have more money than electronics know-how, check out this very similar product from ThinkGeek, which was probably inspired by SparkFun’s DIY project.
Just like the DIY gauntlet, this one can also roll a variety of dice when you flick your arm while wearing it. It can simulate a 2-, 4-, 6-, 8-, 12-, 20- or 100-sided die and even roll two dice at once.
Aside from being furrier than SparkFun’s gauntlet, this version can also be used as a clock, a stopwatch and a timer.
The downside to this gadget is its price. ThinkGeek is selling it for $70 (USD), which might make it unappealing to all but the high rollers.