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Kinect takes center stage in new map making gadget

Kinect takes center stage in new map making gadget

We've seen amateur and professional developers alike do some really cool things with Microsoft's Kinect since the motion control peripheral launched in 2010. Interestingly enough, many of these cool things have nothing to do with video games, but that's another story for another time. The latest in a long line of cool gadgets that put Kinect in the spotlight is a new wearable device that has the ability to make maps in real time.

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Gallium nitride nano-scale laser is the world’s smallest

Gallium nitride nano-scale laser is the world’s smallest

If Doctor Evil ever lowered his lofty goal of sharks with frickin' laser beams on their heads to something more manageable, such as lasers on frickin' tadpoles, the world's smallest laser might serve him well. Physicists from the University of Texas at Austin working with colleagues in Taiwan and China have created what they claim to be the world's smallest laser. The laser is so small that it can't be seen with the naked eye.

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New laser breaks record for highest power beam at 500 trillion watts

New laser breaks record for highest power beam at 500 trillion watts

Doctor Evil would be positively giddy at the thought of strapping the laser that has set a world record at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to the head of the shark. The laser at the National Ignition Facility set a world record for the highest power laser shot in history using a collection of beams. The collection of beams delivered over 500 trillion watts of peak power.

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Geek tries to set balloon popping record using a laser

Geek tries to set balloon popping record using a laser

There are laser pointers, and then there are LASER pointers. Wicked Lasers certainly makes the latter with some of the most powerful handheld lasers you can buy anywhere. The company even has some lasers that are powerful enough to blind satellite sensors in orbit, and others can burn things and pop balloons. A geek has taken one of those Wicked Lasers powerful handheld units and used it to try to set a Guinness world record.

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Wicked Lasers creates Doctor Evil’s dream shark

Wicked Lasers creates Doctor Evil’s dream shark

The geeks over at Wicked Lasers routinely create some of the most powerful laser pointers in all the land. Some of these lasers are so powerful they can blind the sensors on satellites in orbit and set things on fire. If you've been looking at the new lasers the company comes up with and wondering when they're going to attach them to the head of a shark, your wait is over… mostly.

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Scientists create the world’s first atomic x-ray laser

Scientists create the world’s first atomic x-ray laser

Dr. Evil will really like this new development by team of scientists at the Menlo Park SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The team has created the world's first atomic x-ray laser. The project resulted in the shortest, purest x-ray laser pulses ever achieved. These x-ray laser pulses were created when the researchers aimed the SLAC Linac Coherent Light Source at a capsule filled with neon gas.

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SMU 100 Laser Rifle tested by UK Police

SMU 100 Laser Rifle tested by UK Police

Clearly the times have gotten as strange and terrifying as they're going to get over in the UK and police forces are testing laser rifles that are capable of firing a three meter "wall of light" that temporarily blind anyone who glances upon it. While this may bring up images in your mind of everything from your favorite first person shooter to Magic: The Gathering cards, you should know that this is being reported to be completely non-lethal. This weapon will cost £25,000 per unit and was designed by a former Royal Marine Commando who intended it for use against Somalian pirates. The image you see below this paragraph is not an accurate representation of what the rifle will look like, but a rendering of it's current iteration IS inside this post a bit lower down.

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MIT camera photographs light at a trillion frames per second

MIT camera photographs light at a trillion frames per second

The speed of the camera sensor is virtually unfathomable to my mind. MIT has created a new imaging solution that is capable of taking photos at a trillion frames per second. That number is mind boggling and very hard to comprehend until MIT puts that enormous speed into perspective. The photographic system shoots so fast that it can actually visualize the propagation of light.

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