A friend sent me an article describing how green laser pointers are useful to Army soldiers to deter moving vehicles. I stumbled across this concept a few months ago at a professional conference. An earlier background article gives deeper perspective. A few things pop into my mind:
- “Green means Go” pretty universally around the world. Wait until some target driver swerves his car, is injured, and starts suing everybody.
- It’s not eye safe enough for us to shine at our office-mates’ eyes, so how can we shine it at theirs? (Funny things about modern warfare: you can kill them, but you can’t blind them or injure them.)
- Why do we need green lasers? We already know red lasers are effective enough at modifying target behavior. That’s why shining them at/on people is illegal in many cities and townships, and most large amusement ride parks will confiscate them or boot you out of the park.
Ahh… it’s a short article with little content. I suspect they needed to write something to fill the quota..
- Zapping cameras you think are an invasion of privacy.
- A politically slanted, ironic commentary on Australian law against swords and laser pointers. (Think of how the lawyers are going to have fun distinguishing kitchen knives from swords.)
- Patriot Act used to prosecute shining a laser into pilot eyes.
- Maximum green laser power allowed by law. I actually own one of these. I didn’t know I lives so close to the edge. 🙂
- Student suffers permanent eye damage. “Fear of such an incident had already led numerous school systems and local governments around the nation to ban or restrict the devices.”
- A technical overview of laser pointer safety. “…one Chicago suburb has banned the sale of laser pointers to persons under age 18.”