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RED 4K projector gets first public demo

RED 4K projector gets first public demo

RED looks set to show off its much-rumored 4K laser projector in its first public demo, with the camera company's RED Studios Hollywood running a demo reel on the new kit for a military-themed "RED Ops Night." Described as an event "to educate and expose the most cutting edge Red technology to military personnel involved in all areas of media and public relations" the show takes place in Los Angeles tonight.

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Implanted medical devices of the future could be laser powered

Implanted medical devices of the future could be laser powered

Should Dr. Evil ever have the need for an implanted medical device like a pacemaker, pain med pump, or insulin pump he will love this. Researchers looking into batteries that last longer for these implanted devices have hit on a discovery that may allow the devices to harvest power from a laser. This would allow the recharging of the medical device battery without having to cut the person open and place a new battery into the device.

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DIY Laser Ball is 21st century human cat toy

DIY Laser Ball is 21st century human cat toy

If there's one criticism we've always had about laser pointers it's that only one person can run the risk of blindness at a time; thank goodness for tinkerer Matthew Leone's DIY Laser Ball project, which opens the door to up to 14 lasers. Leone's awesome Instructable packs a tennis ball with lasers and a microcontroller to create what's described as "a cat-toy for humans" or a remote control "first-generation lightsaber training droid."

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RED teases 4K 3D laser projector

RED teases 4K 3D laser projector

RED is best known for its super-high-resolution cameras, capable of making both eyes and wallets weep, but the company has revealed it now has a home 4K projector in the pipeline. Arch teasemeister (and RED CEO) Jim Jannard took to the company's forums to share the glowing first-impressions from Element Technica co-founder Stephen Pizzo experience with RED's new laser projector, subsequently confirming that "this [projector] is on our roadmap."

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BMW working on laser lights for future vehicles

BMW working on laser lights for future vehicles

BMW was among the first carmakers out there to start using LED lights for headlights and other lights. The LEDs are great because they use less power and they are able to last much longer than your typical automotive lighting. BMW is working on what it calls the next logical step in automotive lighting with laser lighting. The lights are expected to come to market within a few years.

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Wicked Lasers S3 Krypton Series is powerful enough to blind satellite sensors

Wicked Lasers S3 Krypton Series is powerful enough to blind satellite sensors

The last time I mentioned Wicked Lasers was back when it was in legal trouble with LucasFilm for making a new laser that looked a lot like a lightsaber. Wicked Lasers is back with another cool laser called the S3 Krypton Series. This laser claims to be the world's brightest handheld laser with a range of 85-miles! That means that the laser is bright enough to be seen outside our atmosphere.

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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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