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How To Forge Bilbo's Sword Sting Into A Glowing Wi-Fi Detector

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The tech heads at Spark might not have the blacksmithing skills of the elves of Gondolin, but they're still capable of their own Middle Earth-inspired wizardry. On their blog, they've published a step-by-step guide to transforming a toy Hobbit sword into a blade that glows when unsecured networks are near.

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"Sting's particular magic is that it glows blue whenever orcs or goblins are nearby," notes the blog. "This is useful for hobbits, but in today's day and age, a real Sting would be unfortunately boring."

The wardriving hack, which uses the company's Spark Core—a small Wi-Fi development kit—has been dubbed WarSting. And when you slash the glowing sword, it will jump on the network and post the message: "{YOUR WI-FI NETWORK} has been vanquished!"

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Finally, an excuse to add a scabbard to my growing collection of tech carrying cases.

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Given the shape, I wonder if you could make it a directional Yagi antenna, too, so you can use it to home in on the AP.