German inventor Patrick Priebe has just fulfilled many people’s dreams: he’s invented a gizmo that turns him into James Bond, at least for a little while. The guy actually made a working laser watch that blows stuff up (alas, it can’t make a martini, not yet anyway). I don’t think I need to state how cool that is.
Priebe has a substantial background for this sort of thing, and he has a company called Laser Gadgets, which does exactly what you’d think it does. There are a number of awesome devices on his site, including laser gloves, a pulse laser gun, a flame glove, and many more tools for your spy kit. Many of his mechanism are inspired by movie characters, such as Iron Man, Wolverine, and Spiderman. The disclaimers are also fantastic: “You understand ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) and the precautions necessary to prevent it!” “You will NEVER use this device outside or in front of crowds.” Aw…why ruin all the fun?
When looking at Priebe’s demonstration of the laser watch, I can understand those warnings, though. The 1500 milliwatt laser is so powerful, you can’t employ it for long—5-10 minutes of laser bursts would drain the entire lithium-polymer battery—so you probably won’t be able to kill your enemies with it, but you could nuke a mosquito. Or, as Priebe demonstrates, some balloons. If he directs the laser toward his own skin, it “gets warm very quickly,” and could end up causing a nasty burn. Though before that happens, this wise man “would probably stop pushing the button.”
Priebe invented and constructed every component of the watch, as he does for his other projects. “It’s really a lot of work,” he said, approximately 40-50 hours’ worth. It’s so difficult to construct that if he were to manufacture it, it would cost more than $300. But it’s possible he’ll make it available for custom-order through his website, provided that the strength of the laser doesn’t make it illegal.