We’ve been afraid to blog about the Wicked Lasers, which look a lot like normal presentation-style pointers but can burn a hole through the screen and the eyes of audience members. But despite the obvious potential for harm, and the FDA warnings and fines, these lasers are, after all, medgadgets:
The medical use of class IIIb lasers has long been licensed and practiced. Although Wicked Lasers products have not been specifically approved for medical use, at least one medical professional has been experimenting with our lasers in the US. A practicing chiropractor since 1977, he prefers that we not use his name in association with use of a laser that has not yet been licensed for medical use.
Well, that settles that. The site goes on to explain that lasers are good for healing sprains and cauterizing wounds. Oddly enough, the video gallery doesn’t show any medicinal uses! Instead they feature footage of lasers lighting matches, cutting plastic, and popping balloons.
Gizmodo is giving away a wicked laser to the person who makes the best MP3 of an alien invasion (?).
We are countering their offer: Medgadget editors will give free medical and legal advice to the winner, after he or she injures someone / brings down an airliner / creates an international incident, in exchange for said laser.
Why do we want such powerful laser? We have some clinical trials planned, of course.