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The Hobbitses have done it!

The team at have taken the power of Bilbo Baggin's Sting sword and channeled it into something far more practical for those of us who don't currently live in Middle Earth.

For context: Sting is extremely useful to Bilbo when it comes to sensing enemies nearby - orcs and goblins, specifically - but since our world isn't exactly occupied with such creatures, what purpose would a sword like this have in real life?, the people behind the Spark Core wi-fi development kit, have found a way to incorporate their hardware into the popular Sting toy being sold alongside [The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies](movie:512312). Before you go scouring Amazon for one, check out the functionality of what they like to call WarSting:

... we made a version of Sting that turns blue near unsecured Wi-Fi networks. And when you slash the sword, Sting will jump on the network, and publish a message: "{YOUR WI-FI NETWORK} has been vanquished!"

Check out the sword in action here:

Those who wield the glowing blade will only be able to hack and slash their ways into unencrypted networks - which is probably why this is legal.


According to The Mary Sue, this isn't the first time has gotten creative with wi-fi hunting. They're also responsible for WarKitteh, which of course means wi-fi hunting cats. No, I'm not kidding.

Yes, my friends. You can now patrol your area with your cat-beast and toy sword, score free wifi, and pop down to cruise Moviepilot on a nice, sunny day. This makes me wonder: if the folks at are as geeky as we are, will we - perhaps - see something come out for the new lightsabers in [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158)?


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