LaserSabers: Like Lightsabers but No Whooshing and No Hitting People

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Yes! Watch the above video!

Real lightsab—sorry, LaserSabers! They’re “not affiliated with Lucasfilm or Star Wars,” according to the product page, even though they’re “harnessing the power of the force.” And the music in the video sounds mighty Star Wars-y. And they’re just in time for Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you).

Also, “no sound effects.” And we’re warned to “not participate in any form of fencing or swordplay,” like the guys in the above video. “Fencing or swordplay will cause serious damage to people, pets or property,” being the reason why.

But for $99.95, that’s one sweet lightsab—sorry, LaserSaber, even if it’s for decoration.

Oh, whoops: “The LaserSaber is interchangeable and will attach to any Spyder 3 model” – is the Spyder 3 included then? Ah: “Spyder 3 sold separately.”

But you can get a deal on a Spyder 3 laser if you order the LaserSaber – $289.95, $379.95 or $969.95 depending on the wattage. Plus another $99.95 for the LaserSaber. Oh, and you should only use the LaserSabers while wearing protective LaserShades. Yours for $29.95.

This is starting to sound serious, but there’s a reason for that:

Here’s how it works, the laser energy that enters the LaserSaber is first diffused by a built-in optical element. Then the diffused laser enters the internal diffuser tube, which distributes the laser’s energy evenly along the blade.

Inside the diffuser tube, there is a metal sphere which is suspended permanently inside. This sphere’s movement caused by gravity creates the beam grow effects. There is a magnet hidden in the tip of the blade, which causes the ball to magnetically lock in place. The magnetic lock can be disengaged by bumping the S3 laser with sufficient force.

The blade is constructed from a 32″ long, 1/8″ walled polycarbonate tube, made in the USA. The blade is strong and highly durable, however, they should only be operated in a controlled environment by professionals. Unlike lightsaber replicas, LaserSabers are powered by highly powerful and dangerous lasers. User and observers should wear safety goggles at all times.

Just a thought: If these things “are powered by highly powerful and dangerous lasers” and “will cause serious damage to people, pets or property” and “should only be operated in a controlled environment by professionals,” why not turn this into a sport?

You’d have to add sound effects, but that’d be trivial. And just call it “fencing” – the sport could use more fans. Something has to be done wherein it becomes okay to swing these things around, because nobody – nobody – will be able to resist the temptation. The safety of people, pets and property hangs in the balance.

LaserSaber [Wicked Lasers via Gizmodo]