Lightsaber Becomes Deadly Reality


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If you’ve ever wanted to own a real lightsaber, your dream has come true. But safety officials have warned that the product is no toy and could cause serious injury or worse.

The Spyder III Pro Arctic is sold by Shanghai-based firm Wicked Lasers and costs US$197.97, shipping to 70 countries. It takes the direct blue laser diode used in extremely powerful home theater projectors and turns it into a 1W beam.

That might not sound much, but bear in mind that a standard laser pointer of the type used by idiots to piss off other crowd members at sports and entertainment events has the same power as sunlight on the skin. This device has 1,000 times that level of power.

The manufacturer admits that at close range the beam will cause “immediate and irreversible retinal damage” and could set fire to skin. But a laser safety expert told Britain’s Sky News that was, if anything, an understatement, noting that pointed in the wrong direction it could cause a deadly car or even plane crash.

The device comes with eye protectors and buyers must read and agree to a hazard acknowledgement form before purchasing one. But safety experts warn that the device is for responsible industrial use only and should not be sold openly to the public, particularly online.





60 Responses to Lightsaber Becomes Deadly Reality

  1. THANK YOU, JESSICA! why did no one else I discussed this with realize this? I swear, kids these days are getting so much stupider….

    wow…I just sounded old….

  2. “responsible industrial use only”
    Yes and that’s exactly why they shaped it like a lightsaber.

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  3. "responsible industrial use only"

    Yes and that's exactly why they shaped it like a lightsaber.

  4. A good invention but what a stupid idea selling it to the public if it can cause that must damange dont you think when the wrong person gets there hands on one of this the first thing thats going to be happen is a whole load of trouble.

    • It’s not an invention, it’s a product. There’s better and stronger lasers out there, and I’m sure the parts for this thing already existed off the shelf, but those developers had the good sense not to sell flesh-burning lasers to the public.

  5. A good invention but what a stupid idea selling it to the public if it can cause that must damange dont you think when the wrong person gets there hands on one of this the first thing thats going to be happen is a whole load of trouble.

  6. A good invention but what a stupid idea selling it to the public if it can cause that must damange dont you think when the wrong person gets there hands on one of this the first thing thats going to be happen is a whole load of trouble.

    • It's not an invention, it's a product. There's better and stronger lasers out there, and I'm sure the parts for this thing already existed off the shelf, but those developers had the good sense not to sell flesh-burning lasers to the public.

  7. The laser era is here — we now have laser cannons. Take the damage multiplied with the range of this thing and you get a very potent weapon, it should be treated just like a firearm (and made illegal).

  8. The laser era is here — we now have laser cannons. Take the damage multiplied with the range of this thing and you get a very potent weapon, it should be treated just like a firearm (and made illegal).

    • If it's treated like a firearm, then it falls under the 2nd Amendment and people will have a constitutional right to own it (assuming you live in the U.S.)

  9. Obviously it’s not a REAL light saber, or else it would stop at a certain distance. How do light saber beams know how to stop, anyway?

      • Back in the late 90's there was a huge discussion about lightabers on if it would actually be a laser weapon or a different kind of energy. Then a bunch of MIT scientists thought about plasma instead of lasers which can be controled in length/width by an electromagnetic field meaning that lightsabers could in fact be a reality in the distant future, with the only draw backs as of yet being power/miniturazation.

    • The reason lightsaber beams are only so long is based upon fictional elements. The beam is projected through one emmitor and pulled back by another. Its how much “force (not the Force)” is being used to hold the laser at its length. wookiepedia it “lightsaber”. I would also agree that this device should have a required screening on whomever tries to buy it. You should have welding/construction history and it should be registered as with any deadly projectile instrument (gun specific)

  10. Obviously it's not a REAL light saber, or else it would stop at a certain distance. How do light saber beams know how to stop, anyway?

    • The reason lightsaber beams are only so long is based upon fictional elements. The beam is projected through one emmitor and pulled back by another. Its how much "force (not the Force)" is being used to hold the laser at its length. wookiepedia it "lightsaber". I would also agree that this device should have a required screening on whomever tries to buy it. You should have welding/construction history and it should be registered as with any deadly projectile instrument (gun specific)

  11. THANK YOU, JESSICA! why did no one else I discussed this with realize this? I swear, kids these days are getting so much stupider….

    wow…I just sounded old….

  12. I wish they’d stop calling lasers lightsabers. Lightsabers have a tip. They stop (generally) after a couple of feet. Lasers don’t do that.

  13. I wish they'd stop calling lasers lightsabers. Lightsabers have a tip. They stop (generally) after a couple of feet. Lasers don't do that.

  14. So… is this website legit anyways? Has anyone ever ordered from it before, or is it just a load of bantha fodder? The laser looks freaking sweet. The site (especially checkout) looks freaking suspicious.

  15. So… is this website legit anyways? Has anyone ever ordered from it before, or is it just a load of bantha fodder? The laser looks freaking sweet. The site (especially checkout) looks freaking suspicious.

  16. This is no more a lightsaber then the plastic flashlight with the 4D batteries. It can cause retinal damage? I can beat you over the head with my 4D batteries and do more damage.

  17. This is no more a lightsaber then the plastic flashlight with the 4D batteries. It can cause retinal damage? I can beat you over the head with my 4D batteries and do more damage.

  18. i still want one! do they do them in green? or mayby red would be better seeing what this thing can do…

  19. i still want one! do they do them in green? or mayby red would be better seeing what this thing can do…

  20. As was pointed out, this is a product, using very common components. I had access to a working pulse laser when I was 15 for a science fair, and that was back in the late 70s. The concept and materials for making a laser are not difficult to procure.

  21. As was pointed out, this is a product, using very common components. I had access to a working pulse laser when I was 15 for a science fair, and that was back in the late 70s. The concept and materials for making a laser are not difficult to procure.

  22. I really love technology and in my mind I would like to try this object. But I’m a courious 39 years old menatlly well balanced, non terrorist man.

    What if this thing will be bought by someone that aims at something different than “having a try on this gadget”?

    We have a lot of problems on this planet to also think to irresponsible sellers.

  23. I really love technology and in my mind I would like to try this object. But I'm a courious 39 years old menatlly well balanced, non terrorist man.

    What if this thing will be bought by someone that aims at something different than "having a try on this gadget"?

    We have a lot of problems on this planet to also think to irresponsible sellers.

  24. oooh can’t wait to get one and burn the visitors at football games this fall! Watch those cheerleaders tumble! bwahahaha!

  25. oooh can't wait to get one and burn the visitors at football games this fall! Watch those cheerleaders tumble! bwahahaha!

  26. This clearly doesn’t function anything like a lightsaber, and technically it’s not even a laser pointer – at least not as legally defined by the FDA. At 1W it’s 200 times more powerful than the highest output allowed for a device sold as a laser pointer. Also, anything over 500mW is considered a class IV laser and can’t be sold stateside without various safeguards built in (which this doesn’t have). So, unfortunately, you can’t import one here.

    • how sure are you of this i have heard that several places. why should i trust you on the sight they say it meets FDA standards and will ship it to the united states where i live. I’m fearful they will ship it to me and just not care when customs takes it. but i still don’t know why i should trust you what are your references? post a website with laws on it or something when you make that statement. I want to buy one and i know its not a toy and will treat it as a harmful object but people like you are worrying me.

  27. This clearly doesn't function anything like a lightsaber, and technically it's not even a laser pointer – at least not as legally defined by the FDA. At 1W it's 200 times more powerful than the highest output allowed for a device sold as a laser pointer. Also, anything over 500mW is considered a class IV laser and can't be sold stateside without various safeguards built in (which this doesn't have). So, unfortunately, you can't import one here.

    • how sure are you of this i have heard that several places. why should i trust you on the sight they say it meets FDA standards and will ship it to the united states where i live. I'm fearful they will ship it to me and just not care when customs takes it. but i still don't know why i should trust you what are your references? post a website with laws on it or something when you make that statement. I want to buy one and i know its not a toy and will treat it as a harmful object but people like you are worrying me.

  28. A device that can blind someone at a 100 feet distance, is exacly what stupid kids was needing to make the world just even more safe than already is..

    Also any class 4 laser, can blind yourself with a simple diffuse refletion, if you dont wear laser safety glasses.

  29. They should just add a retractable reflector to it. maybe with a metal wire that keeps its shape and rigid when strait wound up in the handle to shhot like a spring to make it look like a sword and have an end. Just a thought.

  30. That's not a damned lightsaber. In the light you wouldn't be able to see it, it would pass through another and (most important), it's not shaped like a blade, it's a light beam. Please. It's a powerful laser pointer that can actually do damage. You can't add a reflector to it 'cause it would burn through the wire. it doesn't work as a lightsaber. It does work as a weapon though. Not the same.