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Mouser Electronics partners with Marvel to bring superhero tech to life

06 May 2016

Mouser Electronics and Marvel partnered to launch the Project Heroes video series, designed to educate engineers and fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel and Mouser are bringing to life Super Hero technology straight from the movie Captain America: Civil War through the new video series as part of Mouser’s Empowering Innovation Together program. The videos follow former Mythbusters star Grant Imahara and viral video celebrity Allen Pan through the creation of working versions of Captain America’s shield and Iron Man’s famous gauntlet. The series of videos describe the full build process — from concept to the final unveiling — to show tech lovers the real-life possibilities of Super Hero technology built with new parts from Molex and Analog Devices. 

“Just think about it,” said Imahara, “We've been let loose in the new Mouser Innovation Lab and asked to make Super Hero equipment that actually works. It’s a dream assignment.” 

While Grant concentrates on building a fully articulated Iron Man gauntlet — complete with lasers — Allen builds a controllable Captain America shield capable of flying back to his arm using drone technology. 

“This is the best of all worlds: combining Mouser’s engineering with Marvel’s characters and imagination into entertaining STEM-oriented videos. We want to help students and others gain new insights into these technology fields,” stated Mindy Hamilton, Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships at Marvel Entertainment. 

“Engineering is all about capability and creativity, so only good things can come from bringing the Super Hero world of Marvel into the Mouser Innovation Lab. We hope that innovators of all ages will be inspired by these projects. After all, that’s the ultimate goal of the Empowering Innovation Together program,” said Glenn Smith, President and CEO of Mouser Electronics.  

After this Super Hero series, the 2016 Empowering Innovation Together program will find Grant and Mouser exploring space technology, pushing the boundaries of drone capabilities and even 3D printing a car. 

To watch Grant and Allen discuss their project designs, visit https://youtu.be/wHchwRJNK2k.


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