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.
quote: For what practical use do you have a need for such device?
quote: If for one I ever saw you or anyone else in public with such a device I would beat the living hell out of you. I would rather cripple you before you harm someone trying to impress your friends.
quote: you're assuming not only that I would carry this thing around in public
quote: if you ever attacked me in public for any reason, you'd catch a .357 in the face.
quote: I'm not sure where you live, but in my state I can walk through town with a loaded AK47 slung over my shoulder. As long as I don't point it at anyone and stay off of school and government grounds I haven't violated any laws and will not be arrested.
quote: Human beings are inherently emotionally fragile creatures, prone to being under the influence of alcohol or drugs with often far from benign motives anyway, getting easily jealous, unbalanced and vengeful. To imagine that everybody who purchases this device is going to treat it with the necessary respect it deserves or to be aware of the fact that it can so easily blind someone inadvertantly by not even pointing it at them directly is expecting a bit much from your average joe.
quote: And...you believe this to be a good thing? Do you live in tribal Afghanistan or the Wild West? Its absolutely crazy for private individuals to carry such hardware in the street in America
quote: and did you ever consider what effect you walking around with a loaded assault weapon on your shoulder has on other people in your vicinity?
quote: People get scared enough when police or counter terrorist officers carry them, and they are rigourously trained to be responsible for their weapons and how to use them.
quote: Why do you think its illegal to carry this gun on school property or government grounds exactly?
quote: I see the laser as wow thats cool but have enough common sense to know not to purchase one. I have no practical reason for owning one and know that randomly using such a device the beam will hit something I wouldn't intend it to.
quote: There is a high chance of hurting someone this is light you drop it and the beam is still running and it hits everything in its directional path which is much more than a gun which only hits its single line of site when fired.
quote: A handgun's effective range is about 100-200 metres ( 200m = desert eagle, 100 metres = "lesser handguns").
quote: Seems you don't know much about handguns either. This may be their range of accuracy but even a small 22 pistol can be lethal at close to a mile.
quote: Or aim it at a plane while taxing
quote: He characterized it as a reasonably powerful visible light laser that can lock onto a fast-moving aircraft.
quote: you're asking to be treated like a child
quote: The government is there to protect our freedoms, not take them away..
quote: Now that the price point is down to $200, there is a possibility this can be used for evil purposes.
quote: What CAN'T be used for an evil purpose??
quote: It all comes down to how small the end "spot"(the diameter size of your leaser beam) is at certain distances. This is important because you want to point far, far away and because you want to burn stuff, lots of stuff.
quote: The risk involved isn't worth the novelty of the item.
quote: Don't come crying to me when America is invaded by Taliban Jedi.
quote: The Jedi are the good guys and don't chop the heads of civilians and little kids.
quote: Really?! Not as dangerous as a gun? I'm sorry, anything given to the right person can be more dangerous than a gun. This belongs in a research lab or industry, not the consumer's hands.
quote: Why would the public need this thing? What use does it actually bring? Why would anyone need this?
quote: Some things really shouldn't be allowed to be sold to Joe Public.
quote: Try buying a few kilos of cocaine and then cry about rights to the judge when he locks you up.
quote: I own quite a lot of LASERs myself ranging from 10 to 200 mW
quote: I live in a high-rise apartment. A weapon such as this laser is very inconspicuous, and pretty much impossible to trace. If I were a total jackass, I could cause a lot of harm to people with little to no chance of being caught.
quote: I agree. Seriously what is the practical application for this thing? The risk involved isn't worth the novelty of the item.
quote: At what point do you suggest something like this be banned?
quote: And yes there are practical sues for this, it can be use as an effective lighter where you don't want or cant have a flame.
quote: Class 4 LASER RADIATION AVOID EYE OR SKIN EXPOSURE TO DIRECT OR SCATTERED RADIATION CLASS 4 LASER PRODUCT Class 4 lasers include all lasers with beam power greater than class 3B. By definition, a class-4 laser can burn the skin, in addition to potentially devastating and permanent eye damage as a result of direct or diffuse beam viewing. These lasers may ignite combustible materials, and thus may represent a fire risk. Class 4 lasers must be equipped with a key switch and a safety interlock. Most entertainment, industrial, scientific, military, and medical lasers are in this category.
quote: Interlocks and automatic shutdown Interlocks are circuits that shut down a laser if some condition is not met, such as if the laser casing or a room door is open. Class 3B and 4 lasers typically provide a connection for an external interlock circuit. Lasers that are class 1 only because the light is contained within an enclosure nearly always have an interlock that disables the laser if that enclosure is opened. Some systems have electronics that automatically shut down the laser under other conditions. For example, some fiber optic communication systems have circuits that automatically shut down transmission if a fiber is disconnected or broken, to ensure safety of technicians during system maintenance.
quote: Without the interlock this can not be sold to the public. I'm not sure how they will get around this part of the regulations.
quote: 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
quote: The laser is built with a diode from Casio's new mercury-free Green Slim projectors which ironically have a somewhat blue tint.
quote: No. This thing is worse than owning a gun on so many levels and the legal penalties should reflect that. Your right to play around with a stupid little lazer toy is not greater than the public's right to wall down the street without fear of being blinded. Only the most selfish, irresponsible, sociopathic person would ever question that.
quote: This thing is worse than owning a gun on so many levels and the legal penalties should reflect that.
quote: The product even comes with a free pair of safety glasses, so you don't accidentally blind yourself.