Wicked Lasers Arctic: We Review the World's Most Dangerous Laser

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Puffie40

You say the reflection of the laser can cause eye damage.  So how is the brightness of this compared to, say, an arc welder flash?

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slim186

I wonder if this could be useful in a project like RepRap or MakerBot?  A laser toolhead that can engrave or etch tough materials and possibly cut softer materials?

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qurious

Finally, I can equip my sharks with frikkin' laser beams.

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guest001

Don't cross the streams.

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siramic

lol, taken right from "Ghostbusters", very good :-)

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gothliciouz

what could possibly happen?... a huge explosion?

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guest001

Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light. 

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siramic

ROTFL  :-)

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gothliciouz

that doesn't sound so bad lol

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knexkid

You mention it is battery powered....what kind of battery? Does it have a rechargable in it or some crazy expensive super battery or what? How long do they last?

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JohnP

There is absolutely no practical purpose for anyone to own these powerful lasers except for bragging rights. Its like having a sword in the house, impractical for defense (as Indy once showed) and not much use for waving around. Yeah, you can light fires with the laser and you can cut pumpkins in half with the sword, but matches and steak knives can do the same.

 For me, my 30mw green laser is about as high as I want to go. It looks spectacular at night, in a snowstorm, or waving around in tree branches, it will throw a dot a mile away, and yet I do not have to worry so much about safety that I never use it.

Nice article, but like a samuri sword, an AK47, or a bazooka, not really interested.

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NicRB

You are naturally not including anyone with an interest in high energy photonics when you state there is "no pratical purpose for anyone to own" a laser like this, yes?

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mralexosborn

Will it burn Crysis?

Seriously will it? That game needs to die so these jokes will as well. 

Crysis is to FPS as Tang is to oranges. 

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Ashton2091

I 2nd that....but the jokes are funny.

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Cruzg10

I wouldnt trust myself with anythign that powerful or dangerous. id use it for evil or hurt myself with it. more than likely both

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Cy-Kill

I am definately going to be buying one of these as soon as I've got the funds saved up.

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PawBear

This company is so sued... but will this cook beef?

 

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Blaze589

I wanted one of these but after reading this article I feel it's wiser to just make lasers this powerful illegal to the general public. There are just too many risks involved and a greater number of idiots with cash to burn.

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Walnut

Yeah, and then we can make guns illegal. 

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Pball1224

I knew someone was going to compare this to gun control. This laser is in no way useful for personal or home defense, so I do not think it can be compared to gun control in any way.

Any idiot fully understands the danger of a gun, and most are smart enough to not play around with one or fire it at anything they don't intend to kill. I believe this laser is far more likely to be played with. Also unlike a bullet, a laser beam has FAR more potential to bounce back off or something, or off multiple objects and hit an unintended target such as your eye, someone else's eye, or something flammable.

While I agree that this laser does not hold the potential to be deadly like a gun does, I do think it is more dangerous because is is more likely to be played around with by those who do not understand the real danger of it. It's also hard to detect unless you see it, unlike a gun that has a very discernible bang. Oh, and much easier to obtain than a gun!

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Walnut

I definitely see where you're coming from, but saying that no one should be able to buy something because some people are stupid doesn't make sense. I don't want one of these lasers because I have better things to spend my money on, but I like that if it were something I were interested in, I could have it. Guns really aren't all that hard to get and I highly doubt you'll be seeing many (or any) reports of "man killed by 1W laser in accident." It seems like these things are most dangerous to the eyes, and I should hope that intentionally attempting to blind someone would carry the same sort of criminal charges regardless of implement used, be it laser, knife, chemicals, etc. As far as accidental stuff, I contend that you can't fix stupid. You have to be 18 to buy one of these; if you're 18 or older and think this is a toy, you're hopelessly stupid and it's a wonder you haven't seriously injured yourself through some other means. If you are over 18 and give this to a minor/kid who doesn't understand the danger involved, you are either an idiot or a horrible parent, and need to be brought up on criminal charges for negligence and or endangering a minor. In a free society, the ineptitude of someone else should not infringe upon my ability to carry out my wishes, provided they're not particularly unreasonable. 

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Blaze589

I agree. If that doesn't work I'll just have to put on my cowl and speedo and make a difference myself. What do you say boy wonder, you in?

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siramic

Man, who cares about the laser, I just want to run my fingers through all that computer hardware you have sitting around in your Max. PC lab photo.

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