Late last month, a Hong Kong company announced it was selling what it calls “the most dangerous laser ever created” — and it was obviously designed to look like a lightsaber from the Star Wars movies.
The Spyder III Pro Arctic is a home projector component that costs $200 and has a blue 1-watt laser that can cause “immediate and irreversable retinal damage” and burn skin. The product even comes with safety glasses.
Well, now tech blog Gizmodo reports that Lucasfilm has issued a cease-and-desist order. The company’s general counsel, David Anderman, says the product is dangerous and should not be associated with Lucasfilm properties in any way:
“It has come to our attention that a company called Wicked Lasers is selling a highly dangerous product out of Hong Kong that is designed to look like a lightsaber from Star Wars. This product is not licensed or approved by Lucasfilm in any way. We have demanded that Wicked Lasers immediately cease and desist their infringing activities. As Wicked Lasers itself admits, this product can cause serious injury to the user and other people. We strongly discourage consumers from purchasing it.”
A sensible move, probably … but hopefully one that’s not playing right into the hands of the wily Sith!