I can really melt my face for only $200.00, no way! I honestly don't know what to think about the Spyder III Arctic from Wicked Lasers. I think like most people with a technology fetish they are going to be met with mixed feelings when it comes to this 1W laser, do I buy it or do I buy goggles for protection from the kid next door?
As a comparison, the red laser pointer that everyone is familiar with is but a scant 0.5mW, simple math will tell you the Artic is 999.5mW stronger. For those of you not familiar with what power like that can do, here is an official warning from Wicked Lasers:
"Warning: Extremely dangerous is an understatement to the power of 1W of laser power. It will blind permanently and instantly and set fire quickly to skin and other body parts, use with extreme caution and only when using the included eye protection. Customers will be required to completely read and agree to our Class IV Laser Hazard Acknowledgment Form."
.."instantly.. set fire quickly to skin".. Uh, what?
For your viewing pleasure I found a small video comparing what was once a "high powered" hand held laser and the new Arctic.
I'm not a psychic but I know that the Arctic and its price point will with out a doubt get the FDA's attention, quick. I guess you should buy them while they are legal. Still, I can't help but get the giggles when I think about how small this laser is going to be comparatively in 5 years.