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Tag Archives: Lasers

BullseyeBore Helps You Drill In A Straight Line

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You’re a DIY kind of guy, doing stuff around the house with the power tools you had so much fun buying in Home Depot, right? Well, chances are you know just how hard it is to drill a hole that’s perfectly perpendicular to your surface. With the BullseyeBore drill attachment though, your problems might be solved. It uses a laser to project three circles onto your surface. As long as the three circles are perfectly equidistant, you’re drilling straight; deviate from that and you’ll immediately notice.

There are three patterns generated by BullseyeBore: a single dynamic position pattern, and two fixed circular measurement patterns. This is demonstrated in the video (left) and images (below) with the single dynamic position pattern as the outermost pattern, and the fixed circular measurement patterns on the inside.

The single dynamic position pattern changes shape dramatically when the drill is misaligned with the work surface, while the two fixed measurement patterns maintain consistent and evenly spaced concentric circles regardless of alignment.

A drill is properly aligned with the work surface when the single position pattern becomes circular and is concentric with the two fixed measurement patterns.

The BullseyeBore attachment also helps you know exactly how deep you’ve drilled, since the circles will change size as you go deeper, letting you keep track of your progress.

It’s not available for purchase yet, but there are two versions planned: one that attaches to the chuck of any drill and accepts bits on the other end, and one that’s actually integrated into a chuck directly. The company is looking for partners to bring it to market.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ DudeIWantThat ]

Make Your Own Pocket Laser Engraver

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The main reason I haven’t bought a 3D printer is that I suspect that once that initial “gee-whiz, I can print objects” phase has passed, I’ll be hard pressed to find useful things to actually print. But projects like Thingiverse member Isolt’s Photon Printer, a Micro Laser Engraver, make me realize there are plenty of people working to provide us with things to do with these fancy printers. In this case, you’re looking at a little device that uses repurposed DVD drives as well as 3D printed parts to create a laser engraver, capable of, well, engraving anything you want on a variety of surfaces. It’s not a project for beginners, but if you’re got some time on your hands and know your way around electronics, you should be able to pull it off.

[ Thingiverse Page ] AND [ Instructables Step by Step ] VIA [ Technabob ]

SteadyLaser: A Laser Pointer That Doesn’t Shake, Even When You Do

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How badly are you bothered by your shaking hands during a presentation in front of a group of people? If the thought of a crowd being able to see how much you’re trembling fills you with even more embarrassment, only then might you want to consider the $150 SteadyLaser. It incorporates technology similar to the one found in optically stabilized digital cameras:

The mechanism includes a precision balanced two axis gimbal supported by miniature jewel bearings that is stabilized by a tuned magnetic spring and damper system. This allows the laser to move independently from the body of the pointer – so it remains steady even as the housing jitters.

The further away you are from your presentation screen, the more your shaking will be amplified. If money is no concern, the SteadyLaser then seems to be a good purchase. But most people will balk at the thought of paying $150 for something that can be had for $5, minus the stabilizing ability. And this is reflected in the fact that the company’s Kickstarter campaign is sitting at $1,445 from the astronomical $150,000 they are asking. Success seems unlikely, but then again, the world is full of overpriced and dubiously useful products all the same.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Laser-Powered Earphones Glow To The Beat Of Your Drums

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Call it a gimmick, but it’s an interesting one. Glow earphones features cords that are wrapped in Corning’s special Fibrance material, which diffuses light and allows for a single strands to become wholly illuminated with a single source at its base. This means the cords on the Glow earphones will light up in multiple colors, and will pulsate to the rhythm of your music. Seeing as this is a crowdfnded project, the makers will add a glow-to-motion features if they reach $750,000 in funding, and a pulse-to-heartbeat function if they reach $1M. Currently sitting around the $350,000 mark, Glow earphones will pulsate to your music only, although you do get a few additional features, like a mic to take calls, as well as a small puck-shaped controller to summon Siri, trigger the shutter on your camera, and quickly respond to texts.

It’s not exactly a revolutionary offering, but it’s Tron-like feel might be enough to justify the $149 asking price to some. Granted there’s no promise of excellent sound quality from these as-yet-to-prove-themselves manufacturers, but those of you with a penchant for the novel and more disposable income might consider them a good purchase.

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Bosch Laser Measure Lets You Get Rid Of The Tape Once And For All

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When you’re in your backyard building things, you’re inevitably going to have to use your trusty measuring tape. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of using one, you’ll know what a pain in the rear end they can be. They’ll come unhooked, bend when you need them to stay straight, and snap back at you haphazardly. Sure, we sound like incompetent DIYers, but so are a great number of people who just want to build things, with limited experience. Bosch Tools has a line of laser measuring tools, the latest one of which is so small it could fit in a tight jean pocket. It’s the GLM 15, and can measure things up to 50ft. away with 1/8 inch precision. What’s more, it’s only $50, which is very little money to save you the kind of hassle a regular tape can give.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Tactical Laser Guided Pizza Slicer

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If your roommates are so anal about getting their exact share of pizza, and not a sliver less, then we suggest getting new roommates. If that’s not an option, maybe splurge on this Tactical Laser Guided Pizza Cutter? It features, well, a laser right above the cutting wheel, which might help you cut in a straight line if you’re sober enough. Aside from that, it’s just a frikkin’ pizza cutter, boys. It’s $30.

Oh, and no, we don’t think you need to wear a tactical vest to cut your darn pizza. But you can if that’s what floats your goat.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ TheGreenHead ]

The XFire Safety Light Lets You Take Your Bike Lane With You

Sharing the road is important, not only with other motorists but with cyclists as well. Not every street has a dedicated bike path and it can sometimes be hard to know just how much space to give the two-wheeled commuters when passing beside them. The XFire taillight has lasers that project two parallel lines on the ground, clearly marking out the space needed to remain safe and comfortable. There’s also 5 strong LEDs at the back so that not only your portable bike path is visible, but the bike itself in the middle of it. At $37, it’s a relatively inexpensive way to add a layer of safety to any after-dark bike ride.

[ Product Page ] VIA [GearHungry ]

Video: What Happens To An iPhone 5 Being Zapped By 5 Overpowered Lasers At Once?

The same thing that happens to any other cellphone, of course! But if there’s one tradition that seems to have held up over the last few years is the filming of gratuitous and wanton destruction of every new iPhone with as creative an arsenal as possible. We don’t find lasers particularly creative, to be honest, but it’s just one level of sophistication above guns, so we’re going to write about it. Above is a video of five of WickedLaser’s Spyder III Arctic 1.25W blue lasers (regular pointers are about 5 mW) pointed at the iPhone 5 all at once. The phone from Cupertino doesn’t enjoy the heat but keeps on ticking, despite the melted spot on the screen. But it’s done in completely by the company’s Torch, a 4,100 Lumen behemoth flashlight that eats through its batteries in 5 minutes of operation.

It’s an obvious marketing ploy, but we don’t care so much when we’re mildly entertained.

VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

Here’s A Security System That Does Absolutely No Securing

Most security systems/alarms do a very specific job: they detect forceful entry, sound an alarm, and contact the authorities. Yet, despite their existence, thieves are still plying their trade almost completely unhindered; it really doesn’t take a whole lot of time to smash a window, grab some things, and run. The LaserScan security system takes a different approach to the issue: deterrence. The system itself doesn’t do a thing. It doesn’t contact a security central, the cops or anyone. It doesn’t even detect unauthorized entry. All it does is look really menacing by projecting a set of moving laser beams all around the inside of your home. Seen from the outside, it looks to the robber like he’s not up against your run of the mill security system, but some kind of weird Hollywood-like setup. Will he be trapped inside? Gassed? Zapped? Who knows?! Better try the next house over. And a theft not attempted, is a theft not accomplished.

It’s $200 and we quite frankly believe it a better option that traditional systems out there. Until word gets out and the thieving community catches on. So, the ideal would be a combination of both: a deterring laser system that actually works. There’s a hole in the market here, folks…

Video and links, as always, after the jump.

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