Geek scientists around the world have been trying for years to duplicate the almighty icon of the Jedi – the lightsaber. And though this invention has seen many less-than adequate incarnations, it still remains a piece of science fiction for the most part.
Laser technology manufacturers Wicked Lasers is now saying that they’ve made something that almost lives up to the awesome that a true lightsaber is. Dubbed the “Laser Saber”, this is pretty much the same thing they’d produced more than a year ago, but now with a fancy Lucas-inspired housing that will no doubt bring copyright lawyers down on their heads.
The Laser Saber takes the world’s most powerful legally-owned laser and puts a big handle on it so the owner can swing it around. It won’t cut through limbs yet, but the laser is known for being not quite so safe. Shining the laser in someone’s eyes may blind them permanently and aiming it at someone’s skin will give them a nasty burn. Wicked Lasers warns users of their faux-saber to not screw around with it and to wear laser glasses any time it’s turned on.
Admittedly, a working lightsaber is not something that would be classified as a toy by any means. And this toned-down version is no exception to that rule.
Most videos of the Laser Saber look none-too-impressive, though here’s a marketing video that makes the laser look cooler than it probably is:
Yesterday was the 4th of May and unlike the 4th of November people weren’t wearing V for Vendetta masks (Guy Fawkes day is actually the 5th, but gimme a break, I was trying to make a funny quip), they rocked the force. Yes, it was Star Wars day for the world and little children everywhere watched the “proper” trilogy and tried to force choke their pets. In honor of the event, Wicked Lasers –makers of the worlds most powerful lasers- just wentDarth Maul.
A simple laser pointer isn’t enough for you, then check out this double ended Sith version of everyone’s favorite eye blinder.
The Force is strong in this one (wear sunglasses)
Part of their ‘Sith’ line of laser pointers this may not exactly be an evil weapon, it’s blue instead of red, but it’s still pretty cool. Packing 1W of power on each end, this Bobba Fett blaster does however cost $600 in cold hard cash, credits are just chump change. George Lucas might be getting his forces ready to sue the Midi-chlorians out of Wicked lasers with the power of his lawyers. Maybe next year they’ll sell a blaster version?
Son of a bitch! As you may know we posted a few weeks back that a company called Wicked Lasers has manufactured a real working lightsaber, well as it turns out George Lucas and his attorneys were none to thrilled with the idea of a (and I’m quoting Wicked Lasers here) product that the creator refers to as “the most dangerous laser ever created” and that “extremely dangerous is an understatement.”
So guess who got a cease and desist letter (also known as a cockblock)?
Earlier this week, Wicked Lasers released photos and information regarding the “Pro Arctic Laser,” a product designed to resemble the famous lightsaber hilt from the Star Wars Saga. Described by Wicked Lasers as “the most dangerous laser ever created,” the product description goes on to say that “extremely dangerous is an understatement.”
Lucasfilm’s General Counsel David Anderman had this response:
“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.”
No where on the actual site does it say the word ‘lightsaber’, but to any Nerd it’s fairly obvious that’s what they were going for. I say let’s hurry and buy one, before we get blue balls.