recent advances in lasers, many have fantasized about creating "real
life lightsabers". Many military commanders have
fantasized about creating portable blasters along the lines of those
portrayed in fictional workers like Star
Trek and Star
III Pro Arctic laser from WickedLasers can be seen perhaps as the
culmination of those efforts and perhaps the first consumer laser
weapon.The laser is built with a diode from Casio's new
mercury-free Green Slim projectors which ironically have a somewhat
blue tint. The laser is rated at 1 watt of power and retails
for a mere $200 USD.And here's the best (or worst) part -- it
people (or things) on fire. Apparently the laser is so high
powered that shining it on fleshy parts will cause them to burst into
flames. Of course it's equally capable of blinding people.
The retailer warns:
Extremely dangerous is an understatement to the power of 1W of laser
power. It will blind permanently and instantly and set fire quickly
to skin and other body parts, use with extreme caution and only when
using the included eye protection. Customers will be required to
completely read and agree to our Class IV Laser Hazard Acknowledgment
you're willing to "sign the form", WickedLasers warns you
"With greater power comes the need for greater responsibility."
(We can't make this stuff up, really!)The laser comes in
sleek packaging that looks, unsurprisingly like a lightsaber.
Hopefully its users follow the path of the light side. The last
thing we need is a bunch of Sith running around.The price of
$200 is quite commendable, considering it's 20 times as powerful as
the company's previous best model, "Sonar",
while a mere tenth of the cost ("Sonar" sells for $2,000 --
we imagine it will be discontinued as it seems most customers will
flock to the Spyder III). The product even comes with a free pair of safety glasses, so you don't accidentally blind yourself.Obviously it goes without saying
that this is not a product to leave around kids. Don't say we
didn't warn you.