lasers stories

 
Last month a Hong Kong company called Wicked Lasers got the attention of several websites (including ours) with its Arctic Spyder III laser, partly because the laser is small and powerful, but mainly because it looks a hell of a lot like a lightsaber. Well, it also caught the attention of the legal team at Lucasfim.
 
Normally, when you think about a laser (such as the one above) you picture beams of light, right? Well, no longer — researchers have developed what's called a "dark pulse" laser that uses non-light instead. With a sinister name like that, you'd think the dark pulse laser would be burning holes in tanks. In fact, it's amazingly benign.
 
What's the newest military technology? Lasers. But not pew-pew lasers, like you might be imagining. More like "ow, my eyes!" lasers. Yes, a new military-grade laser is able to blind people from up to 2.5 miles away. Sure, it's not...
 
The Army has a new laser-based 3D mapping robot, one that can create imagery of a surrounding area using, yes, lasers. It uses a mirror-based LIDAR system that "bounces a laser off a rapidly rotating mirror and gleans environmental information...

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