Lasers caused quite the stir when it announced its beastly
1 W Wicked Lasers S3 Arctic Spyder III, a laser which can burn
human flesh and easily blind. The powerful device quickly drew
the ire of Star
George Lucas who noted that the device looked like a
lightsaber.Despite a cease
and desist letter from Lucas, the company appears to be shipping
its revised kit, and some customers have received it. A video
of it in action, burning through plastic CD-pack spindles and tape
can be seen here.One
thing that some customers are encountering is frustrations in
contacting the Hong Kong-based company. A reader writes us:
had an order of $200+postal, and now they e-mailed asking for more
money (+$99.99) for the 'safe' version of the infamous laser.I
wrote back asking if they would still deliver my order at the
original price, without the safety feature (they did say it was
possible,but didn't say if it would still cost $99 extra, that's
why I asked).I've been trying to reach them for the last two
weeks, and it looks like they stopped caring.Before their
announcement about Lucas suing them, there was no such problem. I
even have a green laser pointer from them, but I orderedthat a
year ago, way before they came out with the artctic hype....The
fact that they are STILL selling it on their site while they can't
even fulfill 1 month old orders - well, it makes me mad.
the reader indicates, Wicked Lasers seems to have bumped
the price of the device, given its popularity. It's
unclear if the bump has anything to do with the potential legal
action from Lucas, as the reader infers.An additional thing
noted by commenters on various laser pointer forums is that the laser
-- as it ships -- is not ideal for burning stuff, even if you
swap the new "training lens" for the standard lens.
To get really high quality burns, you have to order the "Expanded
Lens Cap Kit" (select the drop down on the laser's order page)
and use the focusing lens. The kit retails for $24.99 plus
shipping, but expect there to a be a long waiting list.There
are a couple of interesting updates in the Lucas vs. Wicked Lasers
battle as well. While Wicked Lasers CEO Steve Liu claimed "we
would never use any comparison like that to 'Star Wars' or a
lightsaber or anything like that", the company did in
fact make such a comparison. An archived
page from 2004 reveals the company wrote the following text
to describe a past product:
modification yields bright beams like this can be seen in dark areas
with no aid of smoke!
of interest is the fact that George Lucas did not make the original
lightsaber design, but rather constructed it from the bulb attached
of an old Graflex 3 cell vintage camera. Lucas merely added
some rubber grips and a loop attached to the base. Though no
legal action was reportedly ever taken against Lucas, he may have
feared it, as he avoided using the term "lightsaber" in the
prequel trilogy he recently released. Thus it seems odd that he
himself is now pursuing legal action against those who make
interesting thread on inexpensive fan-built replicas of Luke
Skywalker's iconic Star
Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Jedi
lightsaber (replicas which Lucas would likely contend were
illegal) is found
here. It utilizes cheap off the shelf components and the
still-available Graflex part.
quote: You can blind someone instantly from 100 yards with a fork?
quote: People understand that guns are dangerous, they don't understand how dangerous a powerful laser is.
quote: I would like to see you take this thing and hit someones eye with it from 100 yards. I bet the average person couldn't even hit someone with a rifle from 100 yards, and you think something as small as an eyeball is at risk?
quote: They don't!? What, may I ask, lead you to this conclusion? I think people have a pretty good idea at what a powerful laser is.
quote: Personally, given it's level of danger I would like to see it regulated the same way firearms are
quote: But just shining this on a white piece of paper could blind someone with the reflection, if you honestly don't see the difference between those scenarios I give up, because you'll never understand why a high powered laser is a dangerous thing.
quote: Accident's with ANYTHING are inevitable.
quote: So anyone in the states can just waltz up and buy a fully automatic weapon?
quote: To hit a target with a laser I hold down the a button and see where the dot
quote: You wouldn't see a "dot" with your bare eyes from 100 yards. End of discussion. And nobody has a steady enough hand to do what you describe.
quote: Oh, and as a bonus, this has infinite ammo and is completely silent, and your target may not even realize they're being "fired upon".
quote: It's not like highschool kids could buy this thing and shine it at kids in an auditorium or something. Nah!!!
quote: You don't have to line it up and hold it on someone's eye to do damage. At 1W, sweeping it quickly across someones face will cause blindness, even if it only hits the eye for a hundredth of a second.
quote: SOME KIND of regulation attached to it even as simple as "we need ID to make sure you are XX age , plus you are reguired to take this safety course"...
quote: People don't just go around all day looking for ways to hurt others
quote: Just this week a 4 year old boy in America killed a 3 year old girl with a handgun he found lying around his home.
quote: you're selling a device that is in many ways more dangerous than a firearm
quote: .now to think some "kid" that gets this thinking "wow neato a light saber"...then one day during a fight with someone the hormones start kicking, blood starts boiling -- we all know how much self control teenagers have (although some adults are pretty bad too) and BAM! The kid burns someone or worse points the thing at someones eyes.
quote: I really don't understand why anyone would want to buy this utterly pointless gadget.
quote: Plus, as you rightly state, it's far more dangerous than this company seems willing to market and therefore makes it even more anger-inducing.
quote: But really, I just wouldn't buy it, and if I saw anyone in the street messing around with one, I'd honestly be urged to rip it from there hands and smash it.
quote: noted by commenters on various laser pointer forums
quote: I placed my order "with the quickness" as soon as I saw this originally reported on DT .
quote: as he avoided using the term "lightsaber" in the prequel trilogy he recently released.