Website Hack a Day brings to attention this remarkable home-made 1 MW laser pulse pistol built by German hacker Patrick Priebe. Not only does the pistol look good -- you'll swear you've seen it in some science fiction movie -- but it works.
Fitted with a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser, it fires off a 1 MW blast of infrared light once the capacitors have fully charged. The duration of the laser pulse is somewhere near 100ns, so he was unable to catch it on camera, but its effects are easily visible in whatever medium he has fired upon. The laser can burst balloons, shoot through plastic, and even blow a hole right through a razor blade.
While the cool factor is pretty high, it also sounds pretty dangerous -- how soon before being able to build your own laser pistols becomes illegal?
|A Self-Balancing Skateboard-Contraption|
|How To Build a Crystal cMoy Free Form Headphone Amplifier|
|Happy Computer Icon Paper Stand|
|Making Tiny Motorcycles Out of Old Watch Parts|
|How to Prepare for the Apocalypse|
|“Recent advances in the field of artificial intelligence.”|
|“A two-legged robot created by Agility Robotics, designed to get your delivery from a car to your door.”|
|“For the first time in the history of life, we can affect the future of our evolution.”|
|Recycled Vacuum Lamps|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|“The company is losing billions, has essentially no underlying value, and its business could be hammered overnight.”|
|“Self-driving trucks will begin hauling mail between USPS facilities.”|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|Naked Preacher Lady [NSFW]|
|“How these systems are being fused together to design new regimes of totalitarian surveillance and control.”|
|“A deep fake sex video emerges in a Google search of your name.”|
|Be an Unfucker|