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April 19, 2017 10:50 AM   Subscribe

The Robot That Shines a Laser in Your Eye

Video description on YouTube page includes link to source repo.
posted by ardgedee (29 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
 
Do Not Look At Laser With Remaining Eye
posted by The Tensor at 10:54 AM on April 19 [18 favorites]


Fun YouTube experiment today, anti-personnel weapon tomorrow.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 11:01 AM on April 19 [5 favorites]


His delivery won me over. I too want to be blinded by science.
posted by sutt at 11:04 AM on April 19 [12 favorites]


He so needs to add a Magnus Pyke voice clip to that when it hits an eye.
posted by bonehead at 11:20 AM on April 19 [1 favorite]


THIS COULD REVOLUTIONIZE THE LASER-IN-EYE MARKET!

SUSAN, CALL MY BROKER!
posted by blue_beetle at 12:04 PM on April 19 [3 favorites]


Fun fact: if this was ever deployed for real, it could very well be a war crime.
posted by mhum at 12:12 PM on April 19 [6 favorites]


"Is that a Minecraft mod? No! This is actually useful. It shines a laser in your eye."
posted by Slap*Happy at 12:19 PM on April 19 [5 favorites]


Before robots come for our jobs they will first make us physically incapable of working.
posted by tommasz at 12:57 PM on April 19 [2 favorites]


I would like to purchase one of these and install it above the CNN ALL THE TIME tv monitor in my office...
posted by rebent at 12:58 PM on April 19 [4 favorites]


top comment: "Can't C# anymore, now can you?"

>_<
posted by numaner at 1:01 PM on April 19 [13 favorites]


"Retains the ability to dissolve in water in a matter of seconds."

Love this guy.
posted by jcreigh at 1:06 PM on April 19 [2 favorites]


He so needs to add a Magnus Pyke voice clip to that when it hits an eye.

Everything about this video is a triumph, but the most awesome thing about it is the fact that he gave his creation turret voice. I'm making a note here: "Huge success."
posted by The Bellman at 1:14 PM on April 19 [9 favorites]


It's actually kind of bad at shining a laser at his eye, and I'm not sure if that's because of bad design or good design.
posted by mayonnaises at 1:20 PM on April 19 [2 favorites]


THIS COULD REVOLUTIONIZE THE LASER-IN-EYE MARKET!

SUSAN, CALL MY BROKER!


Can I take a moment of your time to tell you about my new startup, Lasero?
posted by Big Al 8000 at 2:27 PM on April 19 [1 favorite]


Will it keep the deer out of my garden? I'll take ten.
posted by klanawa at 4:00 PM on April 19 [2 favorites]


Can I take a moment of your time to tell you about my new startup, Lasero?

Surely "Lasr"?
posted by The Tensor at 4:09 PM on April 19 [3 favorites]


Fun fact: if this was ever deployed for real, it could very well be a war crime.
posted by mhum


I recognize that this is factually true but I gotta say - dazzling somebody with a laser, possibly blinding them in one eye, just doesn't seem like it's even remotely on the same level as landmines, chemical weapons, conscripting child soldiers or butchering refugee camps. Maybe that's a short-sighted view but the laser rule feels like none-of-your-new-fangled-weapons old person bias.
posted by Ryvar at 4:27 PM on April 19


It could actually have an application. R G and B lasers painting an image on yr retina while tracking movement?
posted by The Seeds of Autumn at 4:47 PM on April 19 [1 favorite]


dazzling somebody with a laser, possibly blinding them in one eye, just doesn't seem like it's even remotely on the same level

Replace the modest milliwatt red laser with even a fairly inexpensive multi-watt one, and the dazzle won't be temporary. A single properly built robot of this type could permanently blind thousands of people in seconds.
posted by Bringer Tom at 4:53 PM on April 19 [5 favorites]


I hear you can do anything at Lasero.com
posted by bonehead at 4:57 PM on April 19 [1 favorite]


Replace the modest milliwatt red laser with even a fairly inexpensive multi-watt one, and the dazzle won't be temporary. A single properly built robot of this type could permanently blind thousands of people in seconds.

It's kind of odd to me that the newest weapons everyone are terrified are simply scaled down Cold War holdovers. Mass blinding with lasers has been on the table since the '70s.

On the other hand, the new school of automated destruction available to the home hobbyist is kind of terrifying. I love that biohacking is an actual thing happening outside academic or pharma labs. And by love, I mean I fully expect to wake up as a rabbit-human hybrid as some super-dedicated Furry cabal decided it would be the world they wanted. That's if I'm not executed by influenza for being part-Scottish.
posted by Slap*Happy at 5:25 PM on April 19 [1 favorite]


This new season of MST3k is a step too far, man.
posted by valkane at 6:15 PM on April 19 [2 favorites]


On the other hand, the new school of automated destruction available to the home hobbyist is kind of terrifying. I love that biohacking is an actual thing happening outside academic or pharma labs. And by love, I mean I fully expect to wake up as a rabbit-human hybrid as some super-dedicated Furry cabal decided it would be the world they wanted. That's if I'm not executed by influenza for being part-Scottish.

Part Scot, non-furry. Shall we drink ourselves into oblivion before the end of the world together?
posted by Samizdata at 6:56 PM on April 19 [1 favorite]


Part Scot, non-furry. Shall we drink ourselves into oblivion before the end of the world together?

No, I will probably wake up as a skyscraper-tall furry bio-weapon, as I can be relied upon to trample the suburbs for fun. Kinda looking forward to it before I succumb to the Scottish Apocalypse.
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:27 PM on April 19 [1 favorite]


No, I will probably wake up as a skyscraper-tall furry bio-weapon, as I can be relied upon to trample the suburbs for fun. Kinda looking forward to it before I succumb to the Scottish Apocalypse.

Fair enough, but I call dibs on any giant flying lizard/terrapin. NO NOT A BIRD! I want a full complement of limbs. The better to squish you with, my dear! Bonus points for breathing fire/lightning/poison gas/steel-melting acids.

(We still need to go drinking first though.)
posted by Samizdata at 12:17 AM on April 20 [1 favorite]


Fun fact: if this was ever deployed for real, it could very well be a war crime.

Remember when war crimes were actually seen as a bad thing by those in charge or war?
posted by DigDoug at 6:12 AM on April 20 [2 favorites]


This is how Leslie Knope would present a hardware hack she did. And yes, it's just as joyful as Parks and Rec.
posted by ambrosen at 12:04 PM on April 20


The basic feeling in this of a juxtaposition of Simone Giertz and Jackass is really working for me. More stupid robotics, stupid robotics forever.
posted by cortex at 12:16 PM on April 20 [1 favorite]


My former company was once hired to build an anti-aircraft weapon with a combined radar/lidar (laser radar) guidance system.

Military standards required that the lasers on this weapon be eye-safe.

On a deeper analysis, I fully understand why ("Nope, that's one of ours... Oops, looks like he's literally flying blind. I wonder why we have so many blind pilots returning?").

But it always amused me, like a miniature label mandated on a bullet, "Substances in this product are known to the state of California to cause cancer."
posted by IAmBroom at 10:49 AM on April 21


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