You Can Now Wear the Secret to Time Travel Around Your Neck (1.21 Jigawatts Not Required)

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Hojadurdy Durdygylyjov, an electrical engineer based in Turkey, has designed one of the geekiest pieces of jewelry to ever breach the time-space continuum. He’s miniaturized the technology that makes time travel possible (according to Doc Emmett Brown, at least) with these glowing, animated flux capacitor pendants.

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Durdygylyjov custom-designed the tiny PCB boards which feature 28 LEDs, powered by a single CR2032 coin cell battery on the back (instead of plutonium or a lightning strike) that animate to create the “fluxxing” effect as seen inside the DeLorean in the Back to the Future films.

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There are some important caveats to be aware of with Durdygylyjov’s creation. For starters, it doesn’t actually let you travel through time when worn around the neck. It’s 100 percent decorative, but a lovely way to express your love of what is easily the best time-traveling trilogy Hollywood has ever produced.

You also can’t buy one just yet. On Twitter, Durdygylyjov has mentioned he intends to make his flux capacitor pendant available for sale through Tindie, but given the lockdowns around the world, getting the components he needs to build these is taking a lot longer than expected. But even if he does manage to get his hands on enough LEDs and other parts, the design Durdygylyjov created for his custom PCB board, including the actual Back to the Future logo, could garner some unwanted attention from Universal Pictures’ lawyers. Hopefully, the version that ends up on Tindie won’t feature any copyrighted materials which could get it pulled from the online store.


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Umm... just so we’re all on the same page here, the unit is gigawatt, pronounced “gig-a-watt”, meaning a billion watts; giga- is the standard metric multiplier for 109. Many power generating stations produce multiple gigawatts, computer clock speeds are rated in gigahertz, etc. The movie pronunciationjig-a watts” is either a deliberate joke or a mistake made by the actors. I’ve never known which.