Mark Frauenfelder at 12:47 pm Thu, Apr 26, 2012
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[Video Link] He had to make his garage smoky to see the beam, but this DIY Star Trek phaser is impressive. (Via Unique Daily)
That’s awesome! Does the top bit pop off and stick to your belt with velcro?
Couldn’t help noticing the hand… without a wedding ring >:)
obviously a smart guy ;)
couldn’t see the shirt, bet it’s not red either
It’s his right hand…
It’s interchangeable, apparently. I’ve looked ;)
yeah, but that’s not common
Ok then. It’s still a safe bet though –that balloon nemesis is single I mean ;)
I’m actually betting married, which is why he’s hiding in the garage with his toys……if single he’d be doing this in his foul batchelor frog pad :D
Want one. Want one. Want one!
one is not enough for a landing party. Want 8.
Earth need no longer fear an attack by the Balloon People of Mylar 7.
If you took the time to understand them you’d know they are actually good people simply defending themselves.
No, they’re not.
The Mylarians reply: We’re silver and you’re phazer is blue, whatever you beam at us we reflect back at you! We laugh at your puny weapon! Go frighten the softies on Latex 5. “
Ugly bags of mostly water!
Next step: a lightsaber that can pop balloons.
Your move, Star Wars fans.
Away team, set phasers to “pop”!
Away team, set phasers to “startle!”
Remember to protect your remaining eye while playing with DIY Star Trek phaser
It’s all fun and games until he points it at a mirror.
Did you guys learn nothing from the bird man?
if it’s hot enough to pop a balloon, i’m 10,000% sure i would not be aimlessly waving it around in my garage. there are all kinds of hyper-flammable solvents lurking around on my shelves!
Can it pop white balloons? :p
Wooow! Great weapon :)
Al Sharpton is not going to like this.
So you noticed the balloon was black too.
Heartless white vulcans…
You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!
Can you say hoax?
Hoax? If the balloon was filled with hydrogen and chlorine gas, the UV light emitted by lighting a strip of magnesium across the room would set it off. I suspect that’s what happened here, rather than the laser actually burning a hole through the latex.
Nope. The dark color of the balloon helps it burn quicker, like something black in the sun. You can do this with as little as a 10mw laser – they used to sell some green ones you could crank up that high. This has nothing to do with weird gasses inside a balloon. What a pain it would be to put those gases in anyway… If you look on the net you will find plenty of balloon popping or match striking laser videos.
How can you pew pew this? Where is your evidence!
Similar stuff at http://www.laser-gadgets.com/mini_lasergun.php
I’m pretty sure if you take the laser from a blue ray burner you can pop a balloon with it.
Physicist friend told me.
Hell I’m pretty sure you can do it with a DVD laser.
Precisely! A good number of years ago there were how-to videos for building something like this using the diodes from a blu-ray drive or a DVD burner – balloon-popping and all. (Of course, the DVD burner uses a red laser and doesn’t look half as nifty.)
I have no idea if those videos are still around; as has been stated, these things are really quite hazardous.
Quite possible to pop a balloon. Also, I’d be concerned about eye damage simply from viewing the spot (not even directly aimed at your eye)…intense blue light can accelerate macular degeneration.
just in time for prom! assuming it won’t set off the metal detector. can you make that thing out of soap?
Props for the sound effect.
This was made by Jay Robertson, who kindly wrote instructions and also sells an almost-complete “kit” so you can have your own.
Here’s that video as posted by the original maker of the phaser:
Hoax? He was featured in Popular Science for it last summer:
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