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A Real Lightsaber? Not Quite. But It Can Fry Your Face Off!

When I was a kid, I wished that lightsabers were real.

Wait.  That's a lie.

This morning I wished that lightsabers were real.  Actually, maybe even five minutes ago a tiny portion of my miniscule brain inadvertently thought, "Hey... I wish lightsabers were real."  There are few moments that go by without my brain thinking something about Star Wars.

But, because I'm a huge geek, I stumbled upon this article on my favorite Star Wars fan site, The Force.net.  And now I'm not so sure that I want these things to be real...

It appears that a company, Wicked Laser, is marketing a commercial laser called The Arctic that will literally fry your face off-and has the handle of that well-known tool used by the Jedi and Sith in Star Wars.

"The lightsaber"... um, I mean "The Arctic""The lightsaber"... um, I mean "The Arctic"


You know you should be worried when the makers boast that this is "the most dangerous laser ever created."  This sucker has a beam 1000 times more powerful than sunlight.  It can instantly blind someone and can apparently light skin on fire.  It also has that extra-special benefit of causing cancer.

But, I'm an idiot.  And like a cigarette, this device is oddly alluring.  I want to play with it... even if it will kill me.

Direct blue laser diodes, developed by Shuji Nakamura (inventor of the first Gallium nitride LED), have only recently become available for consumers.  The Arctic emits a 445nm ultra high power 1W beam in cool blue.  This is a crazy 4000% (yeah... 4000%!!!!) brighter than other commercial beams.

Um...  Is it me or does this sound scary as hell?  Particularly in the hands of an idiot who would hammer down a few beers and aim this sucker up at a jet.

See for yourself:



Yeah... scary, but cool.

At least Wicked Laser is touting a safety feature: the SmartSwitchTM.  Yepper.  That's a little trademark emblem right behind that word.  Apparently the SmartSwitchTM makes this laser over 100 times safer to handle than other lasers.  I can't quite figure that out.  Does it have some sort of child safety feature like what I have on my kitchen cabinets?

As a side note, remind me to start merging existing words together and trademarking them.



Back to the Arctic...  It also comes with training lenses that only allow a portion of this laser's energy to be unleashed.  Standard lenses bring it back up to it's destructive potential.  At with a predicted 5000-hour lifetime, that's quite a bit of burning.

At least Jedi were trained from childhood to wield something as dangerous as this.

And Lucasfilm Ltd. isn't very happy about the handle design.  David Anderman, Lucasfilm's General Counsel stated:

"It has come to our attention that a company called Wicked Lasers is selling a highly dangerous product out of Hong Kong that is designed to look like a lightsaber from Star Wars. This product is not licensed or approved by Lucasfilm in any way. We have demanded that Wicked Lasers immediately cease and desist their infringing activities. As Wicked Lasers itself admits, this product can cause serious injury to the user and other people. We strongly discourage consumers from purchasing it."

Even after reading all about it, there's still a little part of me-the part that likes blowing stuff up with chemicals or stabbing myself in the eye-that wants to mess with the Arctic.  It's the kid in me, I suppose.

But I'd better brush up on my Jedi training first.

SOURCE: The Force.net




Comments
Jul 13, 2010
by Anonymous

smart switch TM

I just would like to point out in regards to the most rescent write up about the arctic spider 3 laser. I found the most recent article by John P. Barker to be a polished one sided story, What do i mean by that ? The write up largely discussed the negatives of how dangerous the product is while thowing in little lines like "but, I'm an idiot. And like a cigarette, this device is oddly alluring. I want to play with it... even if it will kill me."

Comparing the device to the likes of an already frowned upon cigarette ? come on i see what your doing here.

I will point out a series of facts in regards to the matter as i have researched it thouroghly and im not stating that none of the aformentioned was true there were certain facts revealed that the author pointed out, however there were several that were unlisted (unintentionally im sure) .

First the obvious - A lightsaber is impossible based on the laws of physics they cannot stop the light from protruding as done in the star wars movies.

the company wicked lasers at no point anywhere on their website compared it to or marketed it as the fictional lightsaber (bloggers did)

In terms of sci fi Star wars and Star trek (of which i love both ) this device would be closer to a star wars phaser which fires a Laser beam (though bears no resemblance also not marketed that way.

But the thing im eager to point out because i sensed the sarcasm behind the words are the c omments about the Smart Switch , John P. Barker wrote "At least Wicked Laser is touting a safety feature: the SmartSwitchTM. Yepper. That's a little trademark emblem right behind that word. Apparently the SmartSwitchTM makes this laser over 100 times safer to handle than other lasers. I can't quite figure that out. Does it have some sort of child safety feature like what I have on my kitchen cabinets?"

Well that information is available on wicked lasers website also. The smart switch TM is actually being downplayed here. The smart switch is designed so that a specific sequence of clicks as well as holds would have to be completed before the laser will activate , this would be like me guessing the combination to those cars with the key pads on them. So the worlds most dangerous laser does also have the worlds most advanced laser security system a portable laser has ever seen.

I would also point out that no child should ever use this laser as its not a TOY, I would find it awkward if a child could come up with the 239.00 price tag unless irresponsible parents were involved.

I did not read untill later that the source was the force . net most likely a devout star wars fan that would side with Lucas either way (they have die hard fans) but get you facts straight. (they have die hard fans)

I would lastly challenge any person out there in the world to produce an image of the exact fictional light saber and used by whom ? that this is supposing to be copied from as i have seen all of them that perhaps a minor similarity but its a cylinder that emits light ! are flashlights next ?

To sum this up yes this is a dangerous laser but there are alot of dangerous things in the world already and if not used as intended i can cause blindness with my bare hands and burn people with gasoline but that does not mean that im going too.

This like all things will be controversial as you either love it or hate it but take note for all of the ads i read about how i shouldent by this and how dangerous it is will only be providie free publicity to catch the eyes of people like myself that will then buy the product (actually happened yahoo add and i bought one after) its like saying "dont press the red button"

P.J Pendy

Jul 13, 2010
by Anonymous

Well written P.J Pendy.

Well written P.J Pendy.

Jul 13, 2010
by Anonymous

care to contact p.j pendy

my email is paulythenomad@yahoo.com if you have any serious questions or concerns, i do not work for or have any connection to wicked lasers outside of the fact that i am a paying customer, i will have this unit by the end of next week.

Jul 13, 2010
by Anonymous

care to contact p.j pendy

my email is paulythenomad@yahoo.com if you have any serious questions or concerns, i do not work for or have any connection to wicked lasers outside of the fact that i am a paying customer, i will have this unit by the end of next week.

Jul 13, 2010
by Anonymous

Well written

You better go back to school if you think this is well written. You can't even spell!

Oct 2, 2010
by Anonymous

hahahaha

Exactly i laughed the whole time reading his comment. But besides that fact he is also very wrong in the fact that "lightsabers" can in fact be made!!! You are an idiot if you think that only lasers emit light and cut through matter, when in fact plasma would do just the job that a "lightsaber" would require to function in the same way as shown in the Star Wars movies.