lasers

  • New Materials Could Make Star Wars-Style 3D Screens

    New Materials Could Make Star Wars-Style 3D Screens

    Everyone’s favorite wonder material, graphene, could soon create realistic 3D screens for mobile devices and smartphones. Whereas most 3D displays have thus far depended on fancy glasses or, in a last resort, parallax barriers that simulate 3D in the same way those gaudy pictures of waterfalls and winking ladies simulate movement. Read More

  • Facebook’s Aquila Drone Will Beam Down Internet Access With Lasers

    Facebook’s Aquila Drone Will Beam Down Internet Access With Lasers

    As the second day of its F8 conference began here at Fort Mason in San Francisco, Facebook announced the first hardware it plans to use to beam the Internet down to billions of people around the world. Codenamed Aquila, the drone has a wingspan comparable to a Boeing 767 yet uses lightweight materials that allow it to weigh less than a car. Read More

  • mDrawBots Will Draw On Your Wall, Floor And Eggs

    mDrawBots Will Draw On Your Wall, Floor And Eggs

    mDrawBots, a Kickstarter project from MakeBlock, are very reminiscent of old-timey Erector sets with one interesting difference: These robots can actually do cool stuff. Designed to be customizable, the kits allow you to build robots that will draw on walls and floors, and even draw sassy little faces on eggs. The robot moves around each surface like an ink plotter, laying down a line here… Read More

  • HTC And Valve Have Cracked The VR Code

    HTC And Valve Have Cracked The VR Code

    “I’ve been doing this for fifteen years,” I told HTC’s mild-mannered demo wrangler at MWC today. “And this is the first time I’ve been actually excited about a technology in five.” He had just walked me through one of the best demos I had ever seen. It was the HTC Vive, a sensor-studded helmet with dual hand controllers that allowed me to enter almost… Read More

  • China Builds Anti-Drone Laser Tech

    China Builds Anti-Drone Laser Tech

    China has developed an anti-drone laser technology that can apparently shoot down a low flying drone within a two kilometer radius. Read More

  • Skin Buttons Are Working Buttons Projected Onto The Skin

    Skin Buttons Are Working Buttons Projected Onto The Skin

    The folks at Carnegie Mellon’s Future Interfaces Group have made something really cool. Essentially, they are using small lasers to paint icons onto your skin through the bottom of a watch. The icons are touch sensitive and can be projected in any shape. The team consists Gierad Laput, Robert Xiao, Xiang Chen, Scott E. Hudson, and Chris Harrison, researchers at CMU’s… Read More

  • This DIY Super Laser Can Cut Through A Ping Pong Ball

    This DIY Super Laser Can Cut Through A Ping Pong Ball

    There are few things as satisfying – and dangerous – as burning through stuff with a laser. Drake Anthony AKA Sytropyro is a young man who enjoys making DIY lasers out of things and he recently completed a 3000mW laser made from the diode of an old DLP projector that can blow out a beam so hot that it burns paper, plastic, and electric tape in seconds. Read More

  • WickedLasers Releases 1.25W Spyder Super Laser

    This being Shark Week and all, budding super villains may be interested in this 1.25W laser from WickedLasers. This monstrous slab of electronics sends out a beam powerful enough to pop multiple balloons and looks like a light saber. It would look great on your shark’s head. Read More

  • Wicked Lasers Releases Light-Up “Laser Saber” On Star Wars Day

    Have you ever wanted to feel like a real Sith and/or blind your friends? Well buy yourself a massive WickedLaser’s laser and the $99 “laser saber” attachment and get ready to buy a guide dog! This saber screws into any WickedLasers $300 S3 laser (which are, arguably badass) and a special gravity powered plug makes it look like the laser is slowly powering up just like in… Read More

  • The Wicked Lasers Krypton S3 Will Fry Passing Satellites

    The Wicked Lasers Krypton S3 Will Fry Passing Satellites

    For a little under $300 you, too, can ruin passing satellites with what is purported to be the brightest legal laser available. The Krypton S3 goes up to 1000mW for an output of 86 million lux – “8,000 times brighter than looking directly at the sun.” That kind of power will cost you, though: the 1000mW unit costs $999 compared to the $300 300mW laser. Read More

  • Laser Research Company TeraDiode Starting Humble, But Hopes To Make Ray Guns Soon

    The ongoing search for cartoon-style laser guns is likely to continue for a while, given the rather poor showing by even large, ship-mounted lasers. But that shouldn’t stop researchers from looking into it and making handheld lasers, even if they’re super weak. You have to start somewhere, right? Early guns were just tiny cannons, and inaccurate past 50 feet. You were better off… Read More

  • WickedLasers Proves It Has A Short Memory With The Double-Handed Sith Laser

    Remember when Lucasfilm sued WickedLasers for using Star Wars imagery in their marketing language? Remember how they got a C&D? Well WickedLasers is doing it again with this wild, double-headed “Sith Lord” blue laser and I’m not sure George will be as understanding this time. Read More

  • Lasers Suck, Says The War Nerd

    We get excited about lasers here at CrunchGear, mainly because they’re lasers. Lasers are something we’ve wanted since our childhoods, when we watched Star Wars and thought “Man! I’m so glad they don’t have guns in the future distant past, or this movie would have been boring!” Yes, these brightly-colored rays captured our hearts, even if our brains kind of… Read More

  • Jet Mounted Laser To Be Tested For Distance This Weekend

    Now that the whole “laser on a plane” thing has been resolved, the military is starting to test the technology on smaller platforms, and at longer ranges. Check out the video from first test, after the jump. Read More

  • Intel Hits 50 Gbps Throughput With Photonics

    When we last left the intrepid research scientists at Intel, they had managed to hit 40Gbps throughput using something called the Avalanche Photodetector. It’s been two years since that report (yeah, this has been in development for a while), and the gang at Intel have not been idle, let me tell you. They’ve managed to improve the field of photonics to achieve throughput of 50 Gbps! Read More

  • New pics of U.S. Navy-Raytheon's laser attack

    Well, well, well. Yesterday morning I wrote a quick thing about the U.S. Navy and Raytheon’s successful laser attack in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Several hours later DRUDGE~! runs the same story way up top, in bold red font. The point is: I beat Drudge. Yes! I bring this up because, in the hours after I wrote the story a whole bunch of pictures came out that are worth your… Read More

  • 'Better than Star Wars' laser shoots down flying aircraft for first time in history

    There’s no way to begin this next story without breaking out this movie quote: “If I were creating the world I wouldn’t mess about with butterflies and daffodils. I would have started with lasers, eight o’clock, Day One!” With that out of the way, for the first time in human history a laser was used to shoot down an aircraft in flight. Well done to the fine folks… Read More

  • Auction off your Cease and Desist from LucasFilm for fun and profit


    Remember that cool-looking Spyder III Pro Arctic laser from WickedLasers? Remember how LucasFilm thought it looked a little too much like a lightsaber? Remember how they then served WickedLasers a Cease and Desist? And then, remember how WickedLasers put that Cease and Desist up on eBay? You probably don’t remember that last part, because I’m just telling you now. It’s up… Read More

  • WickedLasers Spyder III Pro Arctic Laser burns all comers

    Holy wow. I saw this thing this morning but I forgot about it. Then Kyle at Giz pointed out that this laser – made from diodes out of a Casio slim projector – costs only $200 and can burn almost anything. Now I’m interested. We’ve done reviews of WickedLaser products in the past but this looks like a doozy. While something like the Photonic Disruptor is pretty… Read More

  • Mapping the Mayans with high-powered lasers

    You tend to think of archaeologists as academic types, dusting off pottery shards and bones, and a comfy tent in the desert. Generally speaking, you don’t think of them buzzing Mayan ruins and bombarding the jungle with lasers.Yet that’s just what Arlen and Diane Chase are doing in Belize. They’re using LIDAR to scan below the trees, which form an effective screen against… Read More

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