Star Wars lightsaber replica causes blindness, cancer

This laser is designed to look like a lightsaber from Star Wars, and it has enough power to destroy your retinas. It costs just $200 online and can burn your skin off. I have a very bad feeling about this.

The creation of Wicked Lasers Inc., in Hong Kong, the Spyder III Pro Arctic Series laser will ship anywhere in the world. Wicked Lasers writes on their website:

The Artic emits a 445nm cool blue, ultra high power 1W beam which appears up to 4000% brighter than the Sonar's 405nm violet beam. This direct blue laser diode is the result of the evolution of laser technology. Less than one year ago, this laser would have cost thousands of dollars to build. Don't let the Arctic name fool you, this laser possesses the most burning capabilities of any portable laser in existence. That's why it's also the most dangerous laser ever created.

You're only supposed to use one of these while wearing safety goggles, and you're supposed to have read and agreed to Wicked Lasers' Class 4 Laser Hazard Acknowledgment Form.

Star Wars lightsaber replica causes blindness, cancer

According to Sky News in the UK, this laser is 1,000 times stronger than typical laser pointers, and can set skin on fire instantly. And experts are warning that it can cause cancer. "Under no circumstances should they be on sale on the internet," says laser safety expert John Colton.

Star Wars lightsaber replica causes blindness, cancer

But Sky News adds that the danger, coupled with the Star Wars coolness, is just adding to nerds' excitement:

News of the laser has sparked a flurry of excitement on social networking websites.

One person wrote: "Real lasers that resemble Star Wars lightsabres, that can burn skin, cut through plastic and ignite matches - yes please."

Another wrote: "The fact that it looks like a lightsabre is even cooler."

One more said: "I must have this. Birthday present anyone? I will KILL things, with FIRE."