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Guitar has freakin’ lasers to detect pitch

Guitar has freakin’ lasers to detect pitch

The next time Dr. Evil makes a rap video this is the guitar that they need to use. It has lasers after all and it appears to have a bad attitude as well. The laser system is called the Laser Pitch Detection Pickup. The system can detect the pitch of a string before the player even plucks the guitar strings. The goal is to reduce the latency when recording a stringed instrument.

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Sharp’s laser-growing molecule manipulator gets video demo

Sharp’s laser-growing molecule manipulator gets video demo

It may look like some monstrous espresso machine, stripped of its shiny Italian casing, but the Sharp MBE (Molecular Beam Epitaxy) actually spits out Blu-ray lasers and other carefully grown components. Lurking at Sharp's Oxford, UK, research lab, Humans Invent reports, the MBE can carefully manipulate tiny clusters of atoms around in almost perfect vacuum, exploring new ways to craft next-gen electronics.

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Single laser sets record shooting 26 terabits of data per second along its path

Single laser sets record shooting 26 terabits of data per second along its path

Lasers are awesome. The laser was once the stuff of fiction and today we use lasers for all sorts of cool things. We can burn things with them, the military is using them for weapons, and some researchers are using the laser to transfer data much faster than wires can. The world record for shooting data down a path with lasers is 101.7 terabits per second. That record setting system used a whopping 370 separate lasers making it expensive and impractical with today's laser tech.

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BMW uses frickin’ lasers for good, Dr. Evil weeps

BMW uses frickin’ lasers for good, Dr. Evil weeps

Let's face it; most drivers are oblivious to what is going on around them. They pull out in front of other cars, don't pay attention to pedestrians or motorcycles, and do other generally dumb and avoidable things simply from inattention. Sadly, when it comes to an inattentive driver and a pedestrian or motorcyclist, the pedestrian or motorcyclist often has little chance in an accident. BMW has announced a new system that is automatically activated in the high-end BMW 5 series cars as soon as the sensors in the vehicle detects a left turn.

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Scientists Have Developed The World’s First Anti-Laser

Scientists Have Developed The World’s First Anti-Laser

A team of physicists from Yale University has built the world's first anti-laser device capable of absorbing an incoming laser beam. The incoming laser beam is absorbed entirely such that it is canceled out. However, the device is not intended as a defense mechanism against high-power laser weapons but instead will prove useful in next-generation supercomputers built with components using light rather than electrons.

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Laser popcorn cooking is awesome (but time consuming) [Video]

Laser popcorn cooking is awesome (but time consuming) [Video]

You're desperate for popcorn, but you've only got a pair of Arctic Spyder III lasers to play with; can you still enjoy a movie theater style treat? According to WorldScott, the answer is yes, as long as you also have plenty of time on your hands or very little appetite. His video shows that with some patience - we're talking kernel by kernel here - you can create popcorn using just the strength of the two high-powered lasers.

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Airborne Laser Test Bed to Try and Shoot Down Ballistic Missile as Soon as Tonight

Airborne Laser Test Bed to Try and Shoot Down Ballistic Missile as Soon as Tonight

It was a year ago that the United States military first attempted, and ultimately succeeded, in shooting down a ballistic missile with a laser. And now it looks like they are ready to test it again, and they could be doing it as soon as tonight, if sources are accurate. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Airborne Laser Test Bed, which is a heavily modified jumbo jet that has a chemical laser equipped to its frame, will take off from the California coast, and try to shoot down the missile.

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