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This is freaking rad – a maker made a working Stargate (by working I mean it dials up a planet, lights up, etc – it doesn’t actually transport you anywhere, yet).

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. Trevor says:

    Talk about getting your hopes up and then dashed on the rocks like a baby seal! It is sweet though, even if I’ve only ever seen a few SG episodes.

  2. John Honniball says:

    You can just see the motor at the bottom. The small metal pulley spins whenever the main ring moves, so it looks like a stepper motor and a toothed belt drive. Maybe a stepper motor out of an old printer or floppy-disk drive? Oh, and lots of blue LEDs!

  3. buttplug says:

    yeah this is a cute decoration and looks fun, but what a disappointment.. it doesn’t dial a planet.. it spins and then lights up.. oooo how cute! but wormhole isn’t involved here.. maybe an a-hole..

  4. buttplug says:

    yeah this is a cute decoration and looks fun, but what a disappointment.. it doesn’t dial a planet.. it spins and then lights up.. oooo how cute! but wormhole isn’t involved here.. maybe an a-hole..

  5. Brian says:

    Ok, I have to also ring in a little disappointment in lacking a proper event horizon, Iris control, and chevron locking. Plus, you have to have the guy with the glasses count off each symbol entered, that’s what makes the whole thing run.

    I like the spiral missing-light pattern to represent the horizon, it’s a simple yet unique showing. I wonder how well one of those tacky “animated waterfall” distorted backlighting pictures could be carved up for this?

    For Mark 2, try one with the Iris closed, that gives a thump and flash every time a jaffa tries to barge on through. Incoming grease stain in gate room!

  6. Mike says:

    His name is Walter.

  7. dijital101 says:

    Oglethorp: We have successfully traveled beyond and across both space and time through the Fargate. To get free cable!
    Emory: I think it’s a Stargate?
    Oglethorp: It’s the Fargate! “F”! It’s different from that movie, which I have never seen, so how would I copy it?
    Emory: Chill, man. It’s alright. Let’s just turn it on.
    Oglethorp: I just want to make sure that we are clear it’s the Fargate. “Goes far.” Get it? And there is no way it came from that movie or that syndicated series based on the movie.
    Emory: But it sure was a good movie.
    Oglethorp: Ya, yes it was. Turn on the TV, maybe it’s on!

  8. Lawrence Tureaud says:

    Seriously, it doesn’t transport you anywhere? Because I thought it would, durrr.

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