Who doesn’t love lasers? Favourite tool of the James Bond villian, and weapon of choice for Luke Skywalker. Today I took a look at some slightly less awesome laser-based gadgets. Read on to see which ones Dr Evil would love, and which you should give a miss.
Mostly useless, but hours of fun. This high-powered laser pointer will pop black balloons, light dark matches, and cut through black plastic. It’s not a toy, and shouldn’t be used by anyone under 16 without supervision. When you’re not using it to light fires, it might come in handy for pointing out stars or pointing at positions on a large building site.
Using a laser to point our the target, this device actually measures the distance using ultrasonic sound – just like a bat. It’s vaguely accurate, but easily put off by angles, reflections, and just about anything else. I guess you get what you pay for here – $30 is not a lot of money.
If you need to know the temperature of any surface, this device is for you. Point the laser at your target and pull the trigger, and you’ll instantly know the temperature of the surface. Useful if you have a pizza oven, or perhaps if you’re tuning cars or operating machinery. Or even if you just want to have fun like my son – running around the house and measuring the temperature of every surface, from -18degrees in the freezer to +600degrees on the stove element.
Too lazy to lift your head and check the time? Just hit the button on top of this alarm clock and it will project the time onto the ceiling where you can see it. Otherwise, it’s a cheap solar powered alarm clock.