[Cyborg] DIY pulsed laser pistol

Eric Boyd mrericboyd at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 11 07:31:37 PST 2011


via slashdot, so many of you have probably seen this:

http://hackaday.com/2011/03/10/youll-shoot-your-eye-out-with-a-1mw-laser-pulse-pistol/

It's incredible.  It's basically a blaster, like Han Solo has in Star 
Wars.  This guy is totally right when he says you should never fire it 
without laser eye protection though - this thing would blind for sure, 
even specular reflections of specular reflections would have enough 
power to blind...

The most interesting thing?  He claims in the youtube comments that it 
costs about $1000 to make one, plus 70 hours of time.  That's scary.  
The required laser safety glasses cost nearly that much themselves!  I 
wonder what the expected lifetime of the laser is, presumably he's 
massively overpowering it for those 100ns...

Eric


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