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No Way This Can Go Wrong: An Affordable, Real-Life Lightsaber

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No Way This Can Go Wrong: An Affordable, Real-Life Lightsaber
By Great White Snark | June 10, 2010
The evil geniuses* at Wicked Lasers have weaponized a laser for the consumer market by simply(?) rejiggering an unreasonably-powerful blue laser diode from a home theater projector and placing it in a lightsaber casing.
Meet the Spyder III Pro Arctic Series:
The Artic emits a 445nm cool blue, ultra high power 1W beam which appears up to 4000% brighter than the Sonarís 405nm violet beam. Less than one year ago, this laser would have cost thousands of dollars to build. Öitís also the most dangerous laser ever created.





Warning: 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 Form.

But, wait! Thereís more! Wicked Lasers is making this skin-igniting fun available for under $200, which puts it well-within the reach of teenagers, rednecks, and other upstanding members of our global community.
I think we can all agree that this is super, super news. (Ta-ta, society! It was nice knowing you!)
Via Gizmodo, who is available for parties, corporate events, and skin-igniting fun.
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Just imagine how pissed you would be if some idiot blinded you with a laser.
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I gots to get me one of these
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I'd buy one. If it actually burns skin if i swing in slow motion can I cut somebody's head off?????? Just kidding!!!
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Here is the form you have to click on the check boxes.

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LASER HAZARD ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
Before Wicked Lasers you can place your order for a Class 4 laser, we require the following:

▪ Check the boxes above to Indicate your understanding of the 8 items above. PLEASE READ, do not just check everything.

You are purchasing a Class 4 laser (for visible beams above 500mW). Class 4 lasers can cause eye and skin burns, and can set fire to materials. This is NOT a laser pointer. This is NOT a toy. You are responsible for the safe use of this laser. As a responsible laser manufacturer, Wicked Lasers requires that you acknowledge important Class 4 laser safety principles:

THE DIRECT BEAM IS AN EYE HAZARD -- KEEP IT AWAY FROM PEOPLE. Never shine this laser towards a person's head, or where a person might be or might suddenly appear. (This also goes for pets and other animals.)

REFLECTED BEAMS ARE ALSO A HAZARD. Prevent exposure from reflections off of shiny surfaces, and "back reflections" off of glass and window surfaces. Even a fraction of the beam's original power can cause eye damage.

THE BEAM IS A SKIN HAZARD. This laser can burn skin, especially at close range and with darker skin colors.

THE BEAM CAN BE A FIRE HAZARD. This laser can burn materials, especially at close range, with darker material colors, and with more easily combustible materials.

NEVER AIM THIS LASER TOWARDS AIRCRAFT OR VEHICLES. The bright light from this laser can distract or temporarily flashblind pilots and drivers. This can happen even at great distances. (For a 1 watt laser, the beam can distract pilots up to 45 miles away.) Be EXTREMELY careful any time the beam goes into the sky or near a road.

For green and especially blue lasers: BLUE LIGHT HAZARD. Exposure to intense blue light can cause photochemical retinal degeneration. Avoid exposure of many minutes to light between about 380nm (ultraviolet) to 530nm (green), with the strongest peak at around 440nm (blue).

MISUSE CAN BE HAZARDOUS. Monitor the laser operations at all times. Keep away from children, immature persons, or persons who do not understand Class 4 laser hazards.

MISUSE CAN BE ILLEGAL. Obey all applicable laws. People have been arrested, fined and jailed for misuse. Do not aim at aircraft, cars or other vehicles. Do not aim at law enforcement officers. Do not use to annoy, harass or distract other persons.
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This is NOT a laser pointer. This is NOT a toy.
right... yet they make it looks JUST like a lightsabre.

You know what? sure I'll use this laser professionally... I just have to figure out how and in what fashion... but until then, things gonna burn!



cool toy though~ I'm afraid what'll happen if it gets into the wrong hands (which it will)
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cool toy though~ I'm afraid what'll happen if it gets into the wrong hands (which it will)
Things are already in motion. Most people on this site shouldn't be allowed to own squirt guns.
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In shorts its just another laser pointer that is a lot more powerful and has a look alike light saber handle. WOW star wars freaks never seem to amaze me

go time traveler style and go back in time, fuck his grandma, then shoot forward in time and then fuck his mom. Then return back to present state and call him a the product of two incest whores and hes your son and show video of you plowing the both members of his family. .
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MISUSE CAN BE HAZARDOUS. Monitor the laser operations at all times. Keep away from children, immature persons, or persons who do not understand Class 4 laser hazards.


Dang looks like I can't have one oh Poop
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This has to be a joke. I work with lasers for a living, not a good idea




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This has to be a joke. I work with lasers for a living, not a good idea
Yeah, I thought just the scattered reflection of a high powered laser off of a somewhat reflective surface can blind you.

Don't laser cabinets or work areas have special spectrum absorbing glass or materials to prevent bystanders from getting reflections.
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Yeah, I thought just the scattered reflection of a high powered laser off of a somewhat reflective surface can blind you.

Don't laser cabinets or work areas have special spectrum absorbing glass or materials to prevent bystanders from getting reflections.
I have a few pairs of Laser safety goggles I use when working with Fiber optics. I have some systems that have no problem burning you and it doesn't take much to hurt your eyes. I get my eyes thoroughly checked twice a year.




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They should require you be a jedi to order one.





/or at least have a high midichlorian count
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Hell. I must not be able to sleep if I'm in this thread.
it's ok to admit you're into star wars junk, you're among friends.


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At what distance is this thing dangerous? Can you saber someone's hand off from across the room or something?

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(CNN) -- "Star Wars" creator George Lucas wants to force a laser company to stop making a new, high-powered product he says looks too much like the famous lightsaber from his classic sci-fi series.
Lucasfilm Ltd. has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Hong Kong-based Wicked Lasers, threatening legal action if it doesn't change its Pro Arctic Laser series or stop selling it altogether.
"It is apparent from the design of the Pro Arctic Laser that it was intended to resemble the hilts of our lightsaber swords, which are protected by copyright ... ," said the letter, dated last month and provided to CNN by Wicked Lasers.
The letter calls the company's newest laser "a highly dangerous product with the potential to cause blindness, burns and other damage to people and/or property."
Steve Liu, CEO of Wicked Lasers, said his 7-year-old company has been selling similar lasers for years and has never compared the product to the Jedi weapon wielded by Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and others in the "Star Wars" franchise.
"Most people feel it's kind of ridiculous ...," he said. "We would never use any comparison like that to 'Star Wars' or a lightsaber or anything like that."
He called the $199 gadget's design fairly typical for a handheld laser and said it isn't a copy of the lightsaber.
"Lucasfilm shouldn't be saying something like that," he said. "They're a big company that needs to protect their trademarks. Maybe they're having to look like they're protecting their trademark in case they need to [protect it again] later."
The cease-and-desist letter doesn't accuse Wicked of using the term "lightsaber" in its marketing -- which Liu said is primarily aimed at industrial, military and research customers.
But it notes coverage from technology blogs that have frequently made that comparison.
A headline from tech blog Gizmodo called the device "a real life lightsaber." The Daily Tech blog called it "perhaps the first consumer laser weapon" and said it "comes in sleek packaging that looks, unsurprisingly like a lightsaber."
"These references make it clear that the public is being led to believe that the Pro Arctic Laser is an official lightsaber device and/or copied from our design," the Lucasfilm letter said.
A Lucasfilm spokesman did not immediately respond to an e-mail request from CNN for additional comment.
It's not the first time the company has sought help from the courts over perceived copyright threats to its lightsaber laser swords. In 2006, Lucasfilm filed suit against a Maryland-based company that produced lightsaber replicas, saying the products violated "Star Wars" trademarks.
Liu acknowledged that his company's new Spyder III laser is dramatically stronger than lasers from the past. Wicked Lasers advertises it as "the world's most powerful portable laser."
When coverage in the blogosphere increased orders, he said, Wicked altered the laser to add safety features. A safety lock feature prevents accidentally turning on the laser, and an extra lens reduces its power by 80 percent until it's removed.
Every laser is shipped with safety goggles, he said.
"You've got a lot of people who think this is kind of a cool toy, so we've decided not to ship the laser as it was originally advertised," he said.
More than two weeks after receiving the letter from Lucasfilm, Wicked has not stopped selling or changed the laser. The letter asked for written assurance of changes within five business days or threatened "the initiation of legal proceedings without further notice to you."
Liu said he hopes it doesn't come to that.
"Personally, they're some of my favorite movies," he said.

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The light beam is too long to be a lightsaber.

Perhaps if George published how he gets his to stop after a certain distance we can have a team of engineers compare the designs of each and determine if there is any infringement.

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but but but...they both have a handle. cant you see how they copied him?

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but but but...they both have a handle. cant you see how they copied him?
My katanas have handles also and a specific length working end. Maybe Japanese sword makers should sue Lucas for copying their design.

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THIS is a Surefire Flashlight I built, using 3 different generations of Surefire body parts.

I think Surefire needs a lawsuit.


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Wowza...I could see this being trouble in high schools.

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