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Is This US Air Force Gadget The Beginning Of Real Life Lightsaber Technology On Earth?

Here's a thing that will make Star Wars fans very excited indeed.

Screen Shot: John Granier (YouTube).

OK. It’s happened. We’ve officially come down with a classic case of Star Wars fever. With the release of Episode VII now less than a month away, virtually everything we see ends up reminding us of stuff that relates to the Star Wars universe. The full moon is now a Death Star, the Hyundai i10 parked outside our flat – a Millennium Falcon, and this high-heat army torch… well isn’t it obvious? It’s a lightsaber It’s clearly a lightsaber.

Before you shout us down and tell us to stick one of these high-heat TEC Torches where the sun doesn’t shine, humour us for a minute. Let us have our fun. Let us pretend, for one minute at least, that this is the beginning of lightsaber technology on earth.

Screen Shot: John Granier (YouTube).

Photo Credit: Thomas S./Flickr.

Right, so what exactly is this thing that’s got our Jedi-knickers in a twist, where has it come from, and what exactly does it do? First things first, it’s a new kind of welding torch. Now, a welding torch might not sound like something to write home about but this welding torch can reach some crazy hot temperatures (2,760 degrees celsius/5,000 degrees fahrenheit, to be precise). It’s been developed by the United States Air Force, and it can cut through metal like a blunt knife through room temperature butter.

The gadget, which has been described officially as a handheld thermal breaching torch, doesn’t produce a solid beam of green light like Yoda’s lightsaber and that, admittedly, is a bit of a shame. However, when it’s in standby mode there’s no denying that it does look quite a lot like the most iconic weapon in movie history. Another plus point for it is that it’s designed to fit ¬†onto the utility belt of anyone who really needs to slice through the wall of a spaceship/metal wall, at the drop of an Ewok.

Strong in this one, the force is. The TEC Torch, it is called. Stop writing like this, we will now.

Screen Shot: John Granier (YouTube).

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