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By ObviousTroll (Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 09:00:11 AM EST) (all tags)


 The main site seems overwhelmed right now, but here's a link to the product page.
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Awesome... by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 09:37:27 AM EST


Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Wildly exagerated. by ni (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 09:59:07 AM EST
People see the word 'laser' and lose all rational thought.

It's 1W. It's definitely pretty hot. It would be uncomfortable to have on your skin for any real length of time, and after a minute or two it would burn you. But it's not a "light saber" or going to cause people to "burst into flames". It's no more heat than 1W ever is, which, even in the humdrum day-to-day world, isn't all that much heat.

I agree, though: It would put your eye out nicely.


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Definitely blow out your eye in an instant, though by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 10:46:15 AM EST
There have been reports of detached retinas caused by 100mw lasers and less.

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power over area by wumpus (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 02:23:09 PM EST
Cranking 1W into a point the size of a laser should be pretty impressive. To put it in perspective, most microwaves run 750W. Divide 750W by the entire surface area of your food (in units of laser spots) to get an idea of how powerful this thing is.

Wumpus

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"The size of a laser". by ni (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 05:18:20 PM EST
Lasers come in many sizes.

I had no idea what size the beam was when I wrote that, and assumed it had a diameter of ~ 5mm. Apparently it has a 3mm diameter at exit. This is smaller than I'd expect, and while still far from lightsaber strength, it is the sort of thing I wouldn't want to be in front of for very long.


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WTF? by BadDoggie (2.00 / 0) #10 Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 03:10:44 AM EST
You're comparing the power of scattered centimeter radio waves to focused coherent light?

As for the beam, it's not well-focused but TEM10/20. It'll still blind you with less than a quarter second exposure off a matte surface from 75 years/meters. Great way to light some chick's cigarette from across the street though (as long as you're avoiding caffeine).

woof.

OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

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:s/yards/years by BadDoggie (2.00 / 0) #11 Sat Jun 12, 2010 at 03:11:31 AM EST
dammit.

woof.

OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

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buy it now by clover kicker (4.00 / 1) #3 Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 10:03:28 AM EST
before someone does something stupid with one and they get banned.

Actually I'm having a hard time coming up with non-stupid ideas for one of these.

Imagine the graffiti/vandalism potential, you could probably melt vinyl siding from across the street.

When I got my first red laser pointer by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 10:48:13 AM EST
the big fun came from pointing it at street signs - the reflective particles in the paint made for a spectacular target.

oh, wait - non-stupid uses.

The only non-stupid use for a laser I've ever seen is using a green laser to point out astronomical objects at start parties - but even that has become controversial due to pilots complaining about being targeted.


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Cat entertainment and exercise by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 11:00:30 AM EST



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Cat entertainment.... by ObviousTroll (4.00 / 3) #7 Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 11:01:57 AM EST
How do you get the cat to sit still long enough to ignite? 

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So by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #12 Sun Jun 13, 2010 at 03:16:57 PM EST
1) What's the range for this thing?
2) How do you power it?
3) Is it illegal to zap someone with one?

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... So by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #13 Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 02:36:34 PM EST
1) miles.
2) Looks like a rechargeable battery.
3) Considering you can already get the TSA on your ass for lighting up an aircraft with a much weaker laser, and you can permanently blind someone in an instant with a weaker laser, I'm pretty sure they'll find a reason to bust you if you zap people with it.



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