Not very dangerous after all...
Well, not unless you are an eye, that is. 1W is not going to set much of anything on fire, but would be seriously dangerous if shone in your eye.
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Apparently it;s $197 +shipping and tax. That's a 1MW laser for less than a mid-range mobile phone.
Instant and irrecoverable retinal damage without eye protection, even from dispersed light, recommended optical density of 4.4+ (1/40000th brightness transmitted).
These should not be available on the internet.
I was worried about the dangers of this thing at first. However, I then realised that the buyers would be sensible, rational people in need of an industrial laser for practical purposes and not a bunch of brain dead morons on a fast track to A&E and permanent retina damage.
Still, if we're looking for practical purposes, provided this thing is waterproof, it may have potential for the evil genius on a budget. Low power laser equipped dogfish, perhaps?
Kitchen knives are horrendously dangerous,
Aluminium powder mixed with iron oxide (both readily available) are horrendously dangerous,
Motor vehicles are horrendously dangerous,
Ditto: power/hand tools, sticks, glassware, staircases, ... the list is endless.
Cool though, could put the death back in "death by powerpoint"
Umm... its >>1 Watt << laser not a >>1MW<< laser slight difference between burn out your eyes and burn out your eyes through the back of your head and the engine block you're leaning against.
Given current battery technology I don't think you could have a hand portable unit capable of outputting 1,000,000 Js^-1 at all let alone without exploding due to shock...
1W of laser light will do plenty of damage to all manner of things, admittedly it would be even more narsty if it was UV, but still.
take a lok on youtube for the fun and games that can be had with conventional high power pointers, plenty of sparks and flames.
bootnote i still bear the scars acros my torso that came about when being a little less than careful with a 5W co2 medical laserm which was not a pleasant experience.
*Are they aware that the use of lasers as blinding weapons is explicitly forbidden by the United Nations, thus the authorities in their country of origin should restrict their export, since they could be used as such:
Something tells me we're about to have a cleansing of the gene pool..........
I can't wait for the first twisted puppy to show this to his/her friends (ok, they probably don't have 'friends' per se, more a clump of equally friendless freaks brought together by some mysterious force normal people reflect away...)
Freak buddy #1 'Show me what it does'
Freak 'look, it burns skin...oww'
Freak buddy #2 'What can it do..'
Freak 'look, it burns skin...oww'
Freak buddy #3 'What's that for...'
Freak 'look, it burns skin...oww'
Freak buddy #4 'cool, a lightsaber, how powerful is it?'
Freak '*sob* I don't wanna show you......*sniffle*
Interesting tool for use in administering the compulsory frontal lobotomy that is required with a promotion to senior (or is that SENILE???) management.
Also, the perfect tool for use in `termination of said senior (or is that SENILE???) management in the event the company they run tanks.
We need a new icon, Off With The Head`.
Because if it is, there must be a host of existing laws that it would fall under (sales, transport and possession). Then again, we live in a country that gets its panties in a bundle over kids having pen knives and yet sells fighter jets and other weapons to fascist dictatorships.
As someone who has stared into the business end of a 20 Watt Argon laser , I certainly don't want to be staring into this beast, even if it is only 1 Watt.
 Fortunately, the 20 Watt Argon laser was being wielded by a VERY talented ophthalmic surgeon. And, even 150 milliSecond pulses were enough to burn pits into my retina (Standard treatment for a detached retina now). I've even got some nice retinal photographs that show the scaring (Looks sort of like a planet after a bout of phasering.).
But, trust me, you don't want that kind of scaring unless there's no other alternative.
 Which produces the most brilliant, most pure green light you can imagine, at
something like 1,000,000 times as bright as the sun.
 Yeah, the vitrectomy was cool, too. Look it up if you dare. ;-)
I seem to remember, though, that importation of such devices is restricted into the USA, due to rules from the FDA(?).
<quote>All that happens is, whenever someone places an order for one, the government send "the boys" around to their house and remove their bollocks. It's really just a method of selecting those who should never be allowed to breed.</quote>
Maybe bollocks means something different on the other side of the pond, but in the US, we don't use bollocks to reproduce.
Check out unitednuclear.com and look under (I'm serious) "death ray parts". They sell 1000 watt lasers. And if that wasn't dangerous enough already, they're *invisible* CO2 lasers.
Okay, they're not exactly hand-held. But you could probably make a nice Ghost Busters style backpack setup.
AFAIK the current state of the art in CO2 lasers run at about 20% efficient. so your 1kW backpack (and having seen a 600W co2 laser - about the size of 2 filing cabinets - back pack is pushing it somewhat) would need a 5kW supply. the thickness of the cables would severly limit 'portability' even if the 1000 odd kg of back pack didn't
nice idea though
It is the risk of retinal burn for the user and those around them that is major problem. At this power level simply looking at the laser spot on a normal non-reflective surface may cause a permanient loss of vision. Never mind a specular reflection from a window or actually shiny thing!
I was walking in Birmingham when I was flashed with a laser pointer by a man in the passenger seat of a passing 08-reg Audi 4WD - unfortunately I didn't get the full registration because I instinctively closed my eyes and turned away. The whole world instantly goes bright green and it's very frightening.
I hate to think what that tosser would do with one of these - presumably they could they cause permanent serious eye damage? If so, these ought to go on the UK prohibited list like guns, Samurai swords and ordinary laser pointers.
as to what uses, other than destruction, would the general public put this device to?
A laser pointer that permanently marks the screen, and anything in between?
from wicked lasers:
"Our average Wicked Laser customer is a laser hobbyist who wants a laser to use for entertainment."
Ah I get it now.... cue The Jam
I like dangerous toys as much as the next guy, but this is going too far.
All the dire warnings from Wicked Lasers will do is encourage criminals even more in buying the device for nefarious purposes, and I hardly need to list what those nefarious purposes might be.
It's worrying how easily available this gizmo is. It is possible to make a burning laser at home, yes, but the difference is you need some technical knowledge and determination to to do that. Also the CD burner diodes rarely go up to 1 watt, which is a scary amount of power by anyone's standards.
This laser is, IMO, more dangerous than a knife, sword or other contact weapon due to the 'danger range' of a collimated 1 watt beam. This is practically mil-grade equipment, which is (incidentally) banned under the Geneva Convention if used in a battlefield situation.
Next time you want to light a barbecue, just use matches. It's safer.
Apparently it's gonna be at least another week before these things ship out from what their support people have told me. I believe part of the reason why they are allowed to get away with selling it is because it's actually not quite 1W (it is even marketed as "<1W"), at least here in Canada any laser under 1W doesn't really require anything to own.
Industrial laser? Heh, the diodes for these things came out of a cheapy Casio projector meant for home entertainment.
I have drawn up a practical list of what the average person can and cannot do with this laser:
Things it can do:
Detach retinas at 200+ meters
Make the annoying dog next door go away, permanently
Pop balloons from a distance (hehehehe)
Light campfires from a safe distance
Many many more fun things! Get one for your kids! (j/k)
Cook your dinner
Melt just about anything made out of plastic or rubber
Fish (it's waterproof!)
Cauterize small wounds
Things it can't do:
Blow up Alderaan
Cut open Tauntauns
Cut metal (but it will heat it up)
Take the hobbits to Isengard
I like my retinas. I'll stick with my Glock 36. Its WAY safer than this. I had to train to get a permit and show a spotless record. But anybody with money can get this.
Can you picture whats going to happen the first time someone decides to bring one of these to concert or takes a poke in the face at a politician with one? If you want one, get it NOW. No way this will last.
These would be fine in the hands of sane, trained and rational adults, but I'm betting they are NOT the target market.
My 55mW green laser can light a ciggie, put a spot on a cloud and permanently blind you before you can blink. I've seen an opticians image of a (apx 50mW) laser burn - not pretty.
I remember using mine for about 10 mins, no specular reflections caught me - but I saw red for a while!!!
I've got nothing against them and it annoys me that some people assume I'm off to the next motorway bridge with it.
But a 1000mW - that's a LOT. Anybody who wants to cause mischeif with it will probably blind themselves before they get a chance. Doesn't take much! Shouldn't be sold as a toy!!!
This should not be on sale, and I say that as someone who is colour-blind from owning my own laser light show in high school, and having two accidents with the same eye. Thankfully it was a moving beam, and I managed to keep most of my vision.
HOWEVER - I can see one use for this that may be legitimate. Sailors and boaters ARE desperately looking for a signalling device that can replace parachute flares. One of this, with a beam dispersal setting or beam scanning device may be just the ticket..
On the other hand, for the price of this you can buy an PLB or EPIRB....
Me and my mate both had the same response - Want to get one now before they are banned, using a "Neutral" address and payment info of course just in case...
Neither of us can think of anything to actually USE the damn thing for....we just want it...
Sure you can use it as to light cigs, the problem being you'd have to be 100 meters away and a bloody good shot, maybe using a lesser red pointer to aim the big ......wait....I've just had an idea.......
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