LaserWatch: The story of a man with too much time on his hands

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Devindra Hardawar
November 21st, 2014
In this article: lasers, LaserWatch, watches
LaserWatch: The story of a man with too much time on his hands

Your smartwatch may may be the height of wearables today, but it can't get you out of a supervillain's elaborate death trap. That's where Patrick Priebe's LaserWatch comes in, which is like something out of a Bond flick. On the surface, it looks like any other digital watch. But hit a button and you unleash the fury of a 1,500-milliwatt laser. That's enough to pop balloons, light matchsticks, or cut through duct tape. But with only five to ten minutes of battery life (hey, it's just like a smartwatch after all), it's more a parlor trick than a deadly weapon. Priebe, who previously developed a laser-shooting glove and an Iron Man gauntlet with real rockets, says he'd charge at least $300 for the watch if he built more. Unfortunately for aspiring super agents, the LaserWatch isn't strong enough to cut through metal restraints yet. But you've got to start somewhere, right?

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