Teenager Builds Death Ray (Video)

While many teenagers are content to sit at home playing computer games, this one has set his sights on something a little more ambitious.
Eric Jacqmain, from Indiana in the US, covered an ordinary fibreglass satellite dish with 5,800 tiny mirror tiles – and made his very own ‘death ray’.

The inventor then posted video of his invention on YouTube, with people commenting in awe of the power of the satellite.
The ray generates enough power to melt steel, vaporize aluminum, boil concrete, turn dirt into lava, and obliterate any organic material in an instant. Mail Online.

How smart is this guy, this is just so incredible. You wouldn’t believe it could be done unless you saw it for yourself, as soon as I read the story, I thought no way, but yes it’s all true. Watch the video and be impressed.

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8 Responses to Teenager Builds Death Ray (Video)

  1. EternalForms says:

    You always have some very interesting posts! This one is astonishing. I kept thinking he was going to burn himself – he got so close to the “beam”. In fact, there were a couple of times when his hand was in the light. I wonder if he’s ever burned himself!?

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Eternal Forms,
      Thank You.
      Yes I also thought he was going to get burned, I couldn’t see any burn marks on his hands at all. The power of the dish is amazing, it certainly generates a lot of heat to be able to melt whatever is put into the beam.

  2. malc50 says:

    Thanks Mags. Good to see Eric is a student of Ancient History, with his own version of Archimedes’ Death Ray (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archimedes#The_Archimedes_Heat_Ray).

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Mal,
      “The 2nd century AD author Lucian wrote that during the Siege of Syracuse (c. 214–212 BC), Archimedes destroyed enemy ships with fire. Centuries later, Anthemius of Tralles mentions burning-glasses as Archimedes’ weapon. The device, sometimes called the “Archimedes heat ray”, was used to focus sunlight onto approaching ships, causing them to catch fire.”
      Very interesting read, it’s amazing even way back then, they knew the power of the sun, and mirrors. Thank You for the link.

  3. gregoryno6 says:

    If it was me doing those tests I’d be using a much longer pair of grips.
    And it was destroyed in a fire? Interview his parents. And his teachers. A weapon like that would make any authority figure uncomfortable.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi gretoryno6,
      I don’t think I’d be game to go anywhere near it, no matter how long the grips were. Yes it is a very powerful weapon, just imagine what some people could do with this, the thought is scary.

  4. bingbing says:

    It looks like the Mythbusters will have to revisit this one. The tried recreating Archimedes’ death ray a few years back and were unsuccessful.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi bingbing,
      I didn’t know that the Mythbusters tried this one, well that episode would have to be a rare failure for them, because it does clearly work, too well I think. The Mythbusters may redo this, seeing as how this teenager was in the news a fair bit over this disk.

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