He’s created the wrist-mounted rocket launcher from Iron Man and a Spiderman “webshooter” that fires a miniature harpoon, but German inventor Patrick Priebe has taken the blowing-things-up mantra to a whole new level with the latest gadget in his arsenal: a laser watch capable of burning a hole in plastic.
CEO of Laser Gadgets, Priebe specialises in producing an array of laser-based gadgets, many often from pop culture and sci-fi worlds. The inventions all have a high-powered laser that is extremely dangerous, and as the demo video included below has shown Priebe burning through a number of objects. It also has the potential to seriously damage flesh.
The watch is built from a machined metal body, a clear-coated carbon fibre face, a salvaged LED watch module and, most importantly, a 1,500-milliwatt laser that can pop balloons, light matches, and burn through duct tape.
It can be activated with the press of a small button on the bottom of the watch, and a lithium-polymer battery that’s built in to the wrist strap provides power. However, Priebe says that the battery drains very quickly – 5 to 10 minutes of use – as the laser is so high-powered.
There are currently no plans to mass-market the LaserWatch according to Priebe, but if it did come to production it would cost “way over” US$300 (NZ$380). However, the watch may be available through customer order on his website like a number of his other inventions.
It might be worthwhile picking one of these things up if you’re expecting to run into a spot of trouble at the next occasion you’re on your way to meet your closest neighbour-hood friendly dictator or mad scientist-cum-villain.
Just so you can free yourself in case you get in to a bit of a bind.