Another interesting product recently unveiled by importer SourcingMap is a laser pointer which pulls double duty as a wireless presenter control. It is called aptly enough the Red Laser Pointer Plus Laser Presenter and prices at around $13.
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“Part manufacturer, part design house” IceRage is showing off in a remote corner of CES some new fashion computer mice which do a lot of different functions. The most geared up of these is the new Ultimate Pocket Mouse, priced at around $110.
The Ultimate Pocket Mouse is described by IceRage as “a desktop and hand mouse, laser pointer, and media controller, with a built-in cursor control and alpha numeric key pad for imbedding letters and numbers on the fly.” The mouse uses something called magneto-optical for tracking and is also Bluetooth enabled for wireless usage.
Police will soon have more weapons on them, specifically on their sleeve thanks to designer David Brown. He has developed a new sleeve for police that fits on the user’s hand. It can be deployed instantly and packs a high-voltage tazer type stunner, a video camera, a laser pointer and a flashlight.
The device weighs less than three pounds and is meant to be worn as a glove. There are buttons on the palm to use the stunner, camera, laser and the flashlight. It’s just a concept right now, but hopefully soon it can help police.
Do you have a bunch of people sneaking around that you want to not only catch, but expose to the world? If so, then this laser tripwire project is worth a try. You have to hook up a laser pointer, a photoresistor, and a webcam all together, and voila, you have a laser tripwire that will capture a photo of the intruder and upload a link to the photo on Twitter.
Think of it as a basic home security system. In fact it would be great if more security systems used this while the home-owner is away. The cops and Twitter would have a picture of any perks who break in.
The guys over at SKYlaser gave us the opportunity recently to check out there version of a 150mW green laser pointer with a unique adjustable power feature. We’ve reviewed a number of types of lasers and laser pointers here on the ‘Brick but this is the first we’ve gotten our hands on one that has this type of adjustable power.
The nice thing about getting a powerful laser of this caliber is just that; it’s powerful. This laser has enough oomph to put a green dot on something from pretty much as far away as you can see, and that’s during the day. At night it makes a seemingly unending saber-like beam of green laser light visible for miles.
We’ve gotten our hands on some pretty cool and powerful lasers in the past, but never one of quite this magnitude. If you were wondering if there really is a difference between laser pointers, or if there is a difference between a $300 laser and a $1700 laser; well we’re here to tell you that there is.
From the time we opened the box of the Spyder II GX we could tell that this one meant business. The Spyder II is another green laser with a beam that can be seen from miles and miles away, literally. It’s powered by a special single LI-ION 18650 rechargeable battery (the device comes with 2 of them and a charger) and is housed in a military grade, water resistant case. It operates by a rubber toggle switch in the back that keeps it on until you press it again, unlike the Elite Series which requires you to hold it to keep the laser on.
Powerful laser pointers are something that many people are often curious about, however not too often does someone get a chance to handle one. The folks over at WarnLaser recently gave us at the ‘Brick a chance to try out one of their lasers to see what we thought. This is not the first time we’ve had our hands on a laser of this caliber and through this we’ve learned that all lasers are not created equal.
The sample we received is a 120mW Tiger Series GX, running on a couple of standard AAA batteries in a frame about the size of a large pen. In fact, this laser has pen-like clip and can pretty easily fit in a shirt pocket, but might be a little bit heavier than most of the items in your pocket protector at 55 grams. The Tiger Series is a nice balance between power and portability in the array of lasers from WarnLaser. It’s about in the middle of the road – you can get weaker lasers and you can get them much more powerful.
Wicked Lasers recently gave us the opportunity to check out one of their popular laser pointers, which gave us quite a surprise. Actually, before we received it we called it a laser pointer but not any more. Wicked Lasers assured us that it is not a laser pointer – it truly is a wicked laser, and we can’t disagree.
The sample product we received was from the Elite Series of green lasers, specifically the Elite 125. This laser appears to be around the middle of the road for the different lasers offered by Wicked Lasers. The average output power according to the company runs from 125mW to 149mW. They also have lasers in their catalog with as little as 50mW and as much as 300mW. The Elite 125 for us had plenty of power and made it very clear why this is not a laser pointer for regular presentations. For starters it would be difficult to see anything on a presentation screen because the light from the laser is way too bright, even from across a large room. Also, the crowd would be so distracted by what you’re using to point with they’d never pay attention to anything else you’re trying to show them.
Wii gun controllers seem to have come out of the woodwork as of late with a number of them incorporating both the Wii Remote and the Nunchuck into the gun.
Another one to add to the list is this WiiMax Wii Light Gun. It has a place to mount and utilize both the remote and Nunchuck but adds a laser pointer mounted on the top which is powered by it’s own set of AAA batteries and can be removed if you want to try some free-hand aiming.The gun also features a handle on the bottom that folds down to use it like a machine gun or folds up to make more like a short rifle.
How many functions can you cram into a mouse? IoGear is finding out with an unveiling of the 3-in-1 Wireless Phaser Presentation Mouse (GME422RW6), priced at around $60.
The Phaser Presentation Mouse offers up the ability to serve as a laser pointer for presentations, a track ball for wireless connectivity to a PC and optical ability when on a desktop surface. The track ball allows for wireless control up to 30 feet from a computer via a USB receiver while the optical tracking of the mouse allows for operation between 800-1600 dpi.
This EFO iPazzPort keyboard looks a lot like a BlackBerry. A rare Albino Blackberry. This is the third generation model and as such adds on function keys that can be used during bootup (You know, the old “Hit F1 to enter BIOS”), dedicated keys for playing and pausing etc, and a laser pointer.
There is also of course the convenient QWERTY keyboard. It can be yours for just $45. It won’t make calls.
RichardSolo has introduced the RichardSolo 1800 for iPhone, an 1800mAh capacity lithium-ion battery charger with a super bright LED flashlight and laser pointer. The emergency battery charger attaches to your iPhone or iPod either via the wire or using a direction latch on the RS001 model which eliminates the need to carry the wire.
Both models feature a retractable USB charger, dual-port USB car charger & AC wall charger and will give a full charge in about 5 hours. Three LED lights show you the charge status. You even charge both your iPod and the backup battery at the same time.
HTPC keyboards get more practical every day as they evolve. Check this out. This $92 6-inch-wide Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard fits in the palm of your hand, like a Wiimote. It has LED backlit keys for use in the dark, rechargeable batteries, and a touchpad.
There’s even a laser pointer. Proof that HTPC keyboards are definitely headed in the right direction. And you need a keyboard with your home theater PC. This one looks pretty convenient.
Here’s a much better way to get rich than the metal detecting sandals and it will take just as long to amass your wealth. Why wear sandals when a robot can do it for you? ThunderBird 007 is the latest version of Let’s Make Robots user Gareth’s metal detector robots.
It’s a great little bot. And when you think about it, robots should search for treasure and earn their own keep and pay for their own parts. The TB-007 features a metal detecting wand, wireless camera and a laser pointer to point out it’s finds. It could get really fun if you run into another guy controlling his own bot and have to have your robots fight for the treasure.
When I was in college, I had the (dis)pleasure of sitting through more lectures than I ever care to endure again. One thing that I always hated was that the professors used a wireless presenter and would inevitably end up standing beside my desk so I had to pay attention.
Logitech has announced a couple new wireless presenters called the R800 and the R400 that are designed to allow business users to walk around while controlling their presentation for a PC. The two models include the R800 and the R400.