View Full Version : Uhhh... yes, but -- it's a REAL lightsaber!

06-16-2010, 09:36 PM
Well. There's no picture, so probably not. Nevertheless, check this (http://www.metro.co.uk/news/830936-powerful-lightsabre-on-sale-for-135) out. (I take it back - there's a photo (http://www.wickedlasers.com/images/products/secondary/282.jpg) on Wicked Laser's (http://www.wickedlasers.com/lasers/Spyder_III_Pro_Arctic_Series-96-37.html) website)

The following text is from Wicked Laser's website:
Wicked Lasers radically redefines the way we see lasers yet again. For the first time in history, direct blue laser diodes have now become available in the consumer market. The laser powered home theater projector (http://www.wickedlasers.com/laser-tech/arctic_series.html) is the first of a large family of audio and video media technology to feature direct blue diodes. Wicked Lasers took the direct blue laser diode components and made the world's first 445nm direct blue diode laser, the Arctic.
The Artic emits a 445nm cool blue, ultra high power 1W beam which appears up to 4000% brighter than the Sonar's 405nm violet beam. This direct blue laser diode is the result of the evolution of laser technology. Less than one year ago, this laser would have cost thousands of dollars to build. Don't let the Arctic name fool you, this laser possesses the most burning capabilities of any portable laser in existence. That's why it's also the most dangerous laser ever created.
In recognizing and mastering the power of direct blue diodes, the Wicked Lasers' Arctic shall become the standard by which all other blue lasers are judged.
Wicked Lasers responds by adding buyer requirements for Class 4 Portable Lasers (http://www.wickedlasers.com/#)
Warning: Extremely dangerous is an understatement to 1W of laser power. At close range, this Class 4 beam will cause immediate and irreversable retinal damage. Use with extreme caution and use only when wearing proper safety goggles with an O.D. of 3+ is required and 4.4+ for longer exposures. Customers will be required to completely read and agree to our Class 4 Laser Hazard Acknowledgment Form.. (http://www.wickedlasers.com/laser-tech/blue_light_hazard.html)
*Supplies are extremely limited as voluntary and regulatory restrictions increase the difficulty to purchase Class IV portable lasers.
Wicked Lasers responds by adding buyer requirements for Class 4 Portable Lasers
On June 9, 2010, Wicked Lasers introduced the most powerful handheld laser ever available to the general public, the Spyder III Pro Arctic Series <1 watt 445nm blue laser selling for less than USD $200.
Because the cost of direct blue laser diodes has dropped tenfold and the power has increased over 50 times in the past four years alone, this marked the first time a laser of such magnitude was available at such an accessible price for the general public.
Due to the extreme power of this new laser product, we have intentionally gone beyond current governmental requirements and sales restrictions to institute new and extreme measures to provide our customers with detailed safety information about the "Class 4" laser category (Class 4 refers to any laser outputting over 500mW of optical energy) to help ensure safe and proper handling of these products. These measures include:
Wicked Lasers Supplementary Class 4 Buyer Requirements

Customers of Class 4 lasers are required to digitally sign a Laser Hazard Acknowledgment form stating they understand the proper handling, use and risks associated with such products
Customers of Class 4 lasers are required to provide government-issued photo ID for age verification purposes
Customers of Class 4 lasers are required to completely read and electronically acknowledge nine disclaimer passages
Customers of Class 4 lasers are required to be shipped at least one pair of certified laser safety goggles that meets minimum O.D. required for safe operation

Although Class 4 lasers are very dangerous and require special operating care, lasers provide the capacity to enable and advance industrial, scientific, and military applications in a way that other technologies cannot. Wicked Lasers will continue to fulfill its responsibilities to offer innovative high quality laser products to our clients worldwide.
For your information, following are the current CDRH requirements for Class 4 laser products, which Wicked Lasers has appended with the additional requirements noted above:

Current CDRH Requirements on Class 4 Laser Products

Product must include thefollowing safety features: Emission LED Indicator, Removeable Key Switch, Remote Interlock
Circuit design must be redundant and fail safeso that no single point failure will result in accidental activation of thedevice.
Compliant warning labels affixed to laser device, instructional manual, and marketing material (including internet)
Product safety reports are required to be submitted to the CDRH/FDA prior to commerce
Accession number and proper labeling of device is required if imported into the United States
No age verification or buyer acknowledgment of dangers required

Name: Spyder III Pro Arctic Series Size: 228mm x 35.8mm Weight: 378g Wavelength: 445nm Laser Body: 6061-T6 Aircraft-Grade Aluminum Laser Finish: Mil-Spec Type III hard anodized in black Transverse Mode: TEM00 Output Power: <1W Beam Divergence: (http://www.wickedlasers.com/pages/laser_beam_comparison.html) <1.5mRad Beam Diameter: (http://www.wickedlasers.com/pages/laser_beam_comparison.html) 1.5mm @ aperture NOHD* (http://www.wickedlasers.com/pages/laser_beam_comparison.html) 211 meters Required Eyewear O.D. (http://www.wickedlasers.com/pages/laser_beam_comparison.html) 4.4+ Power Consumption: 3.7V @ 1A Power supply: Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery Type 18650 (batteries and charger included) Battery Lifetime: 120 mins Switch: Push Button Constant On / Off, Lock-Out Tail Cap Duty Cycle: Continuous Expected lifetime: >5,000 hours Warranty: 3 months *The NOHDs were calculated based on a 0.25 second accidental (unaided eye) exposure.

06-16-2010, 11:39 PM
That is NOT going to end well.

Anaiya Sedai
06-17-2010, 02:22 PM
I can see the geeks queueing up in the ER already...

oh, and your spare apostrophe made me itch ;)

06-17-2010, 02:34 PM
What spare apostrophe?

06-17-2010, 02:44 PM
Yeah, I don't see a spare apostrophe either.

"But Mom, it even LOOKS like a lightsaber. What do you mean I can't have one for my birthday???"

Geeks all over the land are weeping in utter abandon as they rejoice the new era in blue laser technology. Because now they can finally enact the first Vader/Skywalker duel PROPERLY!

I wonder if my cats would chase this one around too...

06-17-2010, 02:48 PM
Perhaps. But I think they would be more likely to be running from the carpet fire you just started...:p

06-18-2010, 04:30 PM
awesome ! :D

Bane Darkwulf
06-21-2010, 11:58 AM
Saying I want one is an understatement. I wonder if it can be used to cut magnetically sealed doors?