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
Amid a resultant media circus, it appears that
Lucas has finally backed
down from his threat according to Hot
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.
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.
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.