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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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RE: Who are these people?
By MrTeal on 8/5/2010 10:34:01 AM , Rating: 2
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
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.

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