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  (Source: LucasFilm)

Wicked Lasers' infamous S3 Arctic Spyder III  (Source: Wicked Lasers)
Now if the company can just manage to beat the far worse foe -- wild demand and short supply

DailyTech brought you news back in early June of Wicked Laser's stunning Spyder III Pro Arctic laser, a powerful 1-watt device that could practically double as a weapon, setting people on fire and blinding them.  We didn't expect at all what would come next -- a legal threat against Wicked Lasers from Star Wars creator George Lucas.   

Amid a resultant media circus, it appears that Lucas has finally backed down from his threat according to
Hot Hardware.  David J. Anderman, General Counsel for LucasFilm, says that his firm will back off the threat of legal action in the original cease and desist letter if Wicked Lasers will put a disclaimer that it is not affiliated with Lucas Film/Lucas Arts.  He says the company can continue to sell the product.

"The media and public has come to realize that Lucasfilm would never endorse or license a highly dangerous product such as your Arctic Pro Laser," Mr. Anderman writes.

Wicked Lasers CEO Steve Liu comments on the rollercoaster ride with Lucas Film, "This has been strange. We felt that it would have been a very bad thing in the beginning, but it ended up helping the business in a very big way."

Demand for the new laser weapon is so high that the company is struggling to meet orders, despite having bumped the price from $199 to $299.  The Hong Kong-based company has also added new safety features, such as adjustable power settings, a pair of safety glass, and a training lens that limits the laser's power.  The new features come in response to criticism that it's being irresponsible handing such a dangerous device to the public.

To get full burning power out of the laser users have to purchase an additional lens set, which comes with a "focusing lens".  

The Wicked Lasers' legal staff can rest easy for now.  We have a feeling they might see some action again, though, given that the laser admittedly can set human skin on fire.



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In other news...
By The Raven on 8/5/2010 11:16:00 AM , Rating: 1
Lucas plans to donate HALF of his fortune AFTER he dies. He is such a stand up guy, this one.

He has all of this because we gave it too him through our IP law.

Well at least he is giving something away, but then again he has more money than he could possibly use in 12 of his lifetimes. So is that even admirable? He is still a douche IMHO.

I'm still bitter about the whole Blue Harvest switcheroo. I was so disappointed when it turned out to be a decoy!




RE: In other news...
By walk2k on 8/5/2010 12:44:13 PM , Rating: 2
lol what? the guy made movies people enjoy, how is he such a demon??

"we gave it too him through our IP law" ??? he made most of his money on toys. "we" gave it to him by going to stores... and buying the things... with money. if you don't like the toys don't buy them.... if you don't like the movies don't watch, but why all the hate?

did he make you take down your erotic wookie fanfic or something?


RE: In other news...
By IceBreakerG on 8/5/2010 3:11:45 PM , Rating: 3
He's upset because he witnessed Lucas gang raping India Jones along with Steven Spielberg. I can't get those images out of my mind either. I had to sit there and watch helplessly as they continuously violated Indy :(


RE: In other news...
By IcePickFreak on 8/5/2010 6:18:00 PM , Rating: 5
Poor Indy, no wonder he feared snakes.


RE: In other news...
By Reclaimer77 on 8/5/10, Rating: -1
RE: In other news...
By FaceMaster on 8/5/10, Rating: 0
RE: In other news...
By MrBlastman on 8/5/2010 5:17:31 PM , Rating: 4
What on earth are you talking about? He made Star Wars, the first three of which that came out between 1977 and 1983, make up one of the greatest film trilogies of all time.

Of course he deserves to be wealthy! He earned it through hard work, excellent writing and his own creativity. Are you jealous?

So what if he screwed up the more recent Star Wars movies. I don't care, he provided countless hours of enjoyment with the first ones. So the new Indiana Jones sucked? You can't be perfect, every time. The fact of the matter is Lucas capitalized on his IP and made a handsome amount of money because of it.

What is wrong with that? This is America after all. I salute him for coming up with something original and executing on his idea. Millions of us have ideas every day, only a few of us actually turn them into millions.


RE: In other news...
By The Raven on 8/11/2010 4:51:55 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Of course he deserves to be wealthy! He earned it through hard work, excellent writing and his own creativity. Are you jealous?


Yeah he just cranks those great movies out left and right. As a society, we are really getting our money's worth. You're a fool if you think he should be as wealthy as he is.

He knew the system was screwed up when he started making movies and he did nothing to improve it even after he conquered Hollywood. Its like electing a regular joe to go to Washington to shake things up and then he gets there and lives a life of graft.


Hysterical Much?
By MrTeal on 8/5/2010 10:23:37 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
DailyTech brought you news back in early June of Wicked Laser's stunning Spyder III Pro Arctic laser, a powerful 1-watt device that could practically double as a weapon, setting people on fire and blinding them.


While you definitely can easily and accidentally blind someone with this laser, you will not set them on fire. You won't even come close to setting them on fire. At best you might give someone a tiny localized burn before they reach you and begin kicking you ass while you try and defend yourself with your laser "weapon".

Case in point: I was involved with a university group where we had access to an 8000W laser with custom optics that let us spread the beam to quite a large size. Of course, we used it to cook some steaks. With a 8kW infrared laser it took more than an hour to cook a half dozen steaks to medium rare.

This thing is a dangerous toy, with very few real applications. It has a good chance of being misused, and some mom will be right one day when someone does lose an eye to it. But it's not a weapon. Stop pretending it is.




RE: Hysterical Much?
By Riven98 on 8/6/2010 12:08:26 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Case in point: I was involved with a university group where we had access to an 8000W laser with custom optics that let us spread the beam to quite a large size. Of course, we used it to cook some steaks. With a 8kW infrared laser it took more than an hour to cook a half dozen steaks to medium rare.

I am certainly not an expert on the topic, but I have read many amazingly technical posts on DT, so I know there has to be someone who could speak to this definatively. By spreading the beam, you decreased the applied power for each point of the steaks. I'm guessing the applied power would go down by the square since A = pi * r^2.


RE: Hysterical Much?
By MrTeal on 8/6/2010 12:36:25 PM , Rating: 2
No, applied power is constant. The intensity is lower when the beam is widened, but it is linear with area. However, it's not constant throughout the beam; even in an ideal case the beam is gaussian and has more energy in the center than at the outside.

As to how that affects it's ability to cook, it would probably be an interesting experiment with the little laser. I would guess that the spot would start to cook fairly rapidly, but would reach equilibrium pretty quickly. A raw steak is (hopefully) pretty juicy and should conduct heat decently well, and it has a lot of surface area compared to the small amount of power being applied.

Like I said, the arctic laser might give someone a small burn, but just a small burn in any reasonable time frame. According to Wicked, their beam diameter is 1.5mm and the beam divergence is 1.5mRad, so from 5m away the spot size would be ~9mm in diameter, area would be 64mm^2, and power density would be 0.016W/mm^2. Compare that to a CPU with a die size of 250mm^2 dissipating 80W.


RE: Hysterical Much?
By FoxFour on 8/7/2010 12:08:24 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I would guess that the spot would start to cook fairly rapidly, but would reach equilibrium pretty quickly. A raw steak is (hopefully) pretty juicy and should conduct heat decently well, and it has a lot of surface area compared to the small amount of power being applied.

Clearly your only experience with cooking steak was the one you described above involving the 8 kW laser.

Beef is a TERRIBLE conductor of heat.


I hope the laser is not a scam
By bietapico on 8/5/2010 10:29:10 AM , Rating: 2
I ordered this laser immediately after reading DailyTechs article on June the 11th and still havent received the laser...sent them several emails with no luck either. How was your experience dealing with this company? What really worries me is that they dont even reply to my emails, looks quite suspicious.




RE: I hope the laser is not a scam
By Zentanker on 8/5/2010 3:30:52 PM , Rating: 2
It is not a scam. They are simply overwhelmed with orders and CS requests right now. I ordered on June 18th, and I received an email on July 26 stating that it had shipped on the 23rd of July. It arrived at the post office on July 29

I am now happily burning myself and everything else I can without getting arrested. ;)

Just be patient.


RE: I hope the laser is not a scam
By Gzus666 on 8/5/2010 8:17:20 PM , Rating: 2
Burning yourself with a high powered, nearly ultra violet, ultra focused laser? That sounds like a great idea, fast track to skin cancer. No wonder people were so worried, cause a bunch of tools would get one and act like morons with it. One can only hope you are bright enough to use the damn safety goggles that it came with.

I don't get my 150ma violet laser near my skin let alone a nearly 1 watt laser.


By Reclaimer77 on 8/5/2010 9:02:51 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure he was joking dude...just a thought.


Heh
By Spivonious on 8/5/2010 9:42:15 AM , Rating: 4
quote:
We felt that it would have been a very bad thing in the beginning, but it ended up helping the business in a very big way.


Go free advertising!




By Cullinaire on 8/5/2010 4:53:09 PM , Rating: 2
Yes yes, we've been through this many times before. I'll just put in my piece:
For those of you naive enough to think this is just another device only pantywaists and enemies of personal freedom cry about, you win. I shall personally support the unfettered sale of these devices to the general public. So long as that general public is limited to your geographic neighbors only.




Who are these people?
By tng on 8/5/10, Rating: -1
RE: Who are these people?
By MrBlastman on 8/5/2010 9:54:24 AM , Rating: 3
Well, this laser can blind someone in milliseconds from afar; that is pretty dangerous, right?

I have to say though, after watching it in action on youtube I wasn't as wowed about the idea of owning one as I was before. It was nifty, yes, to see things burn by a beam of light but you had to hold it on the object for several seconds before it did anything.

The human retina though, doesn't require several seconds to be damaged by large amounts of photons.


RE: Who are these people?
By FaceMaster on 8/5/10, Rating: -1
RE: Who are these people?
By fleshconsumed on 8/5/2010 10:15:28 AM , Rating: 3
There is a difference however. Most people understand car is a "dangerous device". Not so much with power tools, or lasers, or guns, or even knives. People think because it's small "what's the worst that could happen?", so they get careless. Chem lab students are very careful with how they handle materials because they realize how inherently dangerous a lot of them are, but put an ordinary person there and it's a disaster waiting to happen.


RE: Who are these people?
By JasonMick (blog) on 8/5/2010 10:46:21 AM , Rating: 4
quote:
Most people understand car is a "dangerous device". Not so much with power tools, or lasers, or guns, or even knives.


Anyone who's ever played Quake or Doom knows that some power tools can double as dangerous weapons! ;)


RE: Who are these people?
By MrTeal on 8/5/2010 10:34:01 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Are these the same people who drive to work in 2500lb "dangerous device" every morning?


And some people hardly consider a car a dangerous device and don't respect it as much. Even with that, a car is a very useful thing. We put up with thousands of deaths a year because our society is dependent on vehicles.

This laser isn't useful for all but a tiny subset of the population. Read Wicked's FAQ of practical laser uses, it's full of valid reason, all of which don't require more than a 50mW pointer.

For me, the biggest problem I have is with Wicked itself. They knew exactly what they were doing when the shaped it like a lightsaber. People will want it because it's cool, and it's high-tech, and they loved Star Wars. They're going to play with them, and a 1W laser really shouldn't be played with.


RE: Who are these people?
By ekv on 8/9/2010 12:42:49 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
People will want it because it's cool, and it's high-tech, and they loved Star Wars.
You could say that about a lot of things. In general, I'd agree marketing ploys can be bad. Islam believes the USA is the Great Satan and I can make a case that the resentment centers around the culture that Hollywood exports, e.g. Britney Spears, Madonna, Rosie, etc. You know how Islam is with the honor killings. I've even read that the homosexual lifestyle push is due to the marketing gimmicks of Harvard prof's.

Marketing aside, I don't really have a problem with people playing with these lasers. My brothers liked to play with high-powered audio systems (1000's of watts). If they would've had some proper motivation they'd be in the audio business now. Regular Edison's they were.

This is America. There's too much wussification. Just keep in mind your freedom ends where my nose begins.


RE: Who are these people?
By TheDoc9 on 8/5/2010 11:12:10 AM , Rating: 4
Some naive kids are going to get a hold of one of these soon enough and point it at the eyes of a person. Eventually this company will be sued out of existence.


RE: Who are these people?
By diggernash on 8/5/2010 7:27:21 PM , Rating: 2
At which point these will become collector's items and their value will sky rocket. When cool, somewhat evil devices (especially weapons) become rare it is a site to behold.


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