Sarah Carter's nickname for her electronics-tinkering boyfriend, Eddie Zarick, was Tony Stark. So it was only appropriate that when Zarick chose to propose, he did so in Iron Man style with his "Arc Reactor Heart."
"After we starting dating she saw it and loved it and always called me Tony Stark since I’m always in my garage tinkering with things," Zarick, 25, says in an email to Wired. "So when I wanted to propose I was lying in my bed thinking of a cool way to do it, and the idea just popped into my mind that it would be incredible if it came out of an arc reactor."
Real-life hero Zarick — he's a paramedic and aspiring firefighter — shares his mods and hacks on his site, EdsJunk.net.
He describes how he built the "Arc Reactor Heart" here.
"I made it smaller, and more detailed. I laser cut and cnc routed all of the parts and slowly starting building the basic shell," he explains. "My idea was to use two servos controlled by and arduino. At first I was not sure how to light it up, but I had some of AdaFruit’s RGB LED Strip laying around from a pinball project. So I cut off enough to go around the reactor and used the arduino to control that as well! Also added a couple of bright white LEDs to hit the ring once it comes out."
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And while the above video doesn't show the actualyproposal, Zarick reassures fans of his design that everything went according to plan.
"I took her out to the beach one night in the back of my Jeep and told her I had a early Christmas gift for her, I gave her the box, and inside was the reactor," Zarick tells Wired. "It was at night so it really shined bright and she was amazed. But once I pushed the button and the light show happened and the ring came out, she was speechless and crying."
Lucky for Zarick, she said yes.