Lasers can be picked up for a few dollars nowadays, but turning them into functional weapons is another story, that is unless…you’re Anselmo Fan Zero. This geek has managed to create several of these laser weapons, like an Iron Man gauntlet and Dead Space plasma cutter. Continue reading to see more.
5. Pulse Laser Gun
Laser weapons capable of directly damaging or destroying a target in combat are still in the experimental stage. The general idea of laser-beam weaponry is to hit a target with a train of brief pulses of light.
4. World’s Smallest Burning Laser
The rapid evaporation and expansion of the surface causes shockwaves that damage the target. The power needed to project a high-powered laser beam of this kind is beyond the limit of current mobile power technology, thus favoring chemically powered gas dynamic lasers.
3. Steampunk Laser Blaster
The U.S. Air Force was working on the Boeing YAL-1, an airborne laser mounted in a Boeing 747. It was intended to be used to shoot down incoming ballistic missiles over enemy territory.
2. Dead Space Plasma Cutter
According to Brian Strickland, manager for the United States Army’s Joint High Power Solid State Laser program, an electrically powered laser is capable of being mounted in an aircraft, ship, or other vehicle because it requires much less space for its supporting equipment than a chemical laser.
1. Iron Man Gauntlet
Due to the cost of lasers, some hobbyists use inexpensive means to obtain lasers, such as salvaging laser diodes from broken DVD players (red), Blu-ray players (violet), or even higher power laser diodes from CD or DVD burners. Hobbyists also have been taking surplus pulsed lasers from retired military applications and modifying them for pulsed holography. Pulsed Ruby and pulsed YAG lasers have been used.