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November 22 2013


September 03 2013


Off Grid: Laser-based TelCo-Fiction

Vor zwei Wochen hatte ich Will Gowlands GPS-Glitchart-Projekt Here Be Dragons gebloggt, jetzt habe ich in seinem Portfolio die mindestens genauso großartige Arbeit Off Grid gefunden. Ein Teil davon ist eine Installation in Form eines Prototyps für ein Laser-basiertes Kommunikationssystem: „A 1:1 interactive prototype for a decentralised laser communications system.Data stored on micro SD cards is sent between each transceiver node over the laser beams using pulse width modulation. Automatic re-routing occurs when a beam is broken.“

Vimeo Direktgrid

Und daraus hat er dann diesen Kurzfilm gebastelt, in dem er dieses Laser-System in Mexiko platziert, als Alternative zum TelKom-Monopol von Carlos Slim – laut Forbes dem reichsten Mann der Welt – und angelehnt an das autonome Kommunikationsnetzwerk des Kartells. Grandiose Design Fiction vom Feinsten.

Holding a 90% monopoly on telecommunications in Mexico, Carlos Slim is the world’s richest man. With little resilience and at the mercy of corporate greed, we put our faith in these aging centralised systems that are now beginning to show their cracks. […]

Borrowing from the cartels radio communication network, a laser line of sight communication system is created that is not elicit or illegal, but off grid and under the radar. The result is a decentralised communication system that is local, ad hoc and resilient. A performative urban landscape emerges that facilitates the neighbourhood relationships, communities and markets that are lost in a city of global telecommunications. The system is open source and mobile, and the communities of the city soon develop their own constellation of transceivers and mirror relays, cultures, practices and procedures. The telecommunications monopoly is evolving into a DIY city of calibration graffiti, carved and sculpted building surfaces, reflectivity, absorbance and deregulated laser light conversations.

Off Grid

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July 03 2013


Tahir Square Lasershow

Die Lasershow der Proteste in Kairo. Raving Society! Von Reddit:

Flew into/out of Cairo last week, and this is what it looked like from the plane. My husband has a green laser pointer for astronomy and he has always told me how dangerous it is to point these at planes and how it can blind pilots. It was blinding my window on the plane over and over, and we were pretty low in the sky, about to land. Scared the shit out of me. I guess because these are constantly moving and not directly following planes it’s not a problem for pilots, but I was seriously terrified.

Derweil ist das Ultimatum des Militärs dort abgelaufen und die Situation ist angespannt, um’s mal vorsichtig zu formulieren, denn „the army presence on the streets of the capital is growing“. Hier das Liveblog des Guardian. Die Welt ist nach wie vor vollkommen verrückt geworden.

July 02 2013


Laserpointer’d Partycopter over egyptian Protests

Youtube Direktcopter, via The New Aesthetics

In Ägypten gehen wieder drölftausend Leute auf die Straße und protestieren gegen die Regierung der muslimischen Brüderschaft. Ein guter Kommentar zur Situation und warum das etwas komplizierter ist, steht bei, viel mehr Bilder gibt’s bei The Atlantics In Focus.

Warum da nun so viele Leute Laserpointer, weiß ich nicht, aber gestern haben sie die alle auf einen Militärhubschrauber gerichtet und den so zum Partycopter gemacht, der über dem Präsidentenpalast in Kairo gekreist ist.

Partyhütchen für CCTV-Cams, PGP-Party gegen NSA-Bespitzelung und jetzt Partycopter über Kairo – da bildet sich ein Muster heraus und das finde ich ganz prima, glaube ich.

July 14 2011


Vintage Lasers Unlimited

(Youtube Direktlaser)

Schicker oller Lehrfilm aus AT&Ts Archiv: Laser Unlimited.

Nine years after the invention of the laser, the technology had not only captured the imagination of the science fiction community (as shown in the first sequence in this film), it had also been put to use in a number of practical applications.

In this film we see early laser tattoo removal, barcodes on railroad cars read by laser, lasers cutting apart microcircuit boards, laser levels helping with aircraft production, and many more applications. Holograms and holographic technologies are given special focus – laser memory storage was still a few years away, and in 1969 they thought holograms were going to be much more important in the future than they are today.

July 04 2011


Next Gen Lasertagging

(Vimeo Direktlaser)

Awesome! Von Evan Roth und dem französischen Graffiti Research Lab.

June 14 2011


Living Laser made from human Kidney-Cells and Jellyfish

Noch sind wir von einem Real Life-Cyclops, der Laser aus seinen Augen ballern kann, ein gutes Stück entfernt… aber Wissenschaftler haben eine menschliche Nierenzelle genetisch so modifiziert, dass sie ein fluoreszierendes Protein produziert, dessen Licht wiederum gebündelt werden kann.

They injected a human kidney cell with a loop of DNA that codes for an enhanced form of green fluorescent protein. Originally isolated from jellyfish, GFP glows green when exposed to blue light and has been invaluable as a biological beacon, tracking the path of molecules inside cells and lighting up when certain genes are expressed.

After placing the cell between two mirrors, the researchers bombarded it with pulses of blue light until it began to glow. As the green light bounced between the mirrors, certain wavelengths were preferentially amplified until they burst through the semi-transparent mirrors as laser light. Even after a few minutes of lasing, the cell was still alive and well.

First ‘living’ laser made from kidney cell, auf PhysOrg: Single Green Fluorescent Protein-expressing cell is basis of living laser device

March 28 2011


January 14 2011


Making Popcorn with Lasers

(Youtube Direktlaser, via Geekosystem)

Ein paar Irre haben mit dem Arctic Spyder III von Wicked Lasers (Ihr wisst schon: Die Laserschwerter, die von Lucas abgemahnt wurden, bin grade zu faul zum Link raussuchen, stand aber alles hier) Popcorn gemacht. Laserpopcorn!

July 16 2010


Brillant: Lightsaber-Abmahnung auf Ebay

Ihr erinnert Euch an die Abmahnung, die sich Wicked Lasers wegen ihres Pro Arctic Lasers von Lucas Arts eingefangen hatte? Das Schreiben versteigern sie jetzt auf Ebay. ‘Ne echte Abmahnung aus dem Hause Lucas – wegen eines Lichtschwerts! WANT! Weil die Auktion und damit die Bilder von Ebay irgendwann gelöscht werden, habe ich die Bilder mal in mein Flickr hochgeladen: Lucasfilms Cease and Desist Letter to Wicked Lasers and their Real Life Lightsaber.

Up for grabs is the original, authentic Lucasfilm Ltd. Cease & Desist letter sent to Wicked Lasers in response to their new 1W Arctic 445nm laser.

The letter is unnamed and unsigned.

The term “Danderman” is found on the footer of select pages which leads us to conclude that this document is from the desk of David Anderman himself. describes David as the “enforcer of Lucasfilm’s worldwide intellectual property.”

While we hope that Lucasfilm reconsiders their position and merit, we are prepared to defend the rights of our customers and those of the laser industry.


July 01 2010


LucasArts mahnt Real Life Lightsaber ab

Bantapudustory from a galaxy far far away: Neulich erst hatte ich über Wicked Lasers Monsterteil gebloggt, der quasi als Real Life Lightsaber durchgeht, den die selbst aber natürlich nicht so bezeichnen, genausowenig, wie sie sonst irgendeinen Bezug zu Star Wars herstellen. Was George Lucas’ Anwälte selbstverständlich nicht davon abhält, Wicked Lasers eine Abmahnung zu schicken, weil das Ding „nicht lizensiert“ sei. Lawyers, even dumber than the dumbest Space Slug.

SAN FRANCISCO—(EON: Enhanced Online News)—Earlier this week, Wicked Lasers released photos and information regarding the “Pro Arctic Laser,” a product designed to resemble the famous lightsaber hilt from the Star Wars Saga. Described by Wicked Lasers as “the most dangerous laser ever created,” the product description goes on to say that “extremely dangerous is an understatement.”

Lucasfilm’s General Counsel David Anderman had this response:

“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.”

Lucasfilm Thinks the Spyder III Arctic Laser Is a Little Too Much Like a Real Lightsaber

June 14 2010


Laser Monocle


Und noch ein Instructable hinterher: Dieser Herr hat sich einen Laserpointer in Form eines Steampunk-Monokels gebaut: Laser Monocle Headpiece. (via Technabob)

June 11 2010


Real Life Lightsaber

Viel fehlt da jetzt nicht mehr zum echten Lichtschwert (ja, ich weiß, ein Lichtschwert besteht [<-- bitte den Präsens und den nicht hingetippten Konjunktiv bemerken, danke!] aus Plasma und nicht aus Lasern… shut up Nerds!) bei diesem Laser von Wicked Lasers (Website ist grade down, als ich das schreibe). Kommt dem real Deal jedenfalls schon recht nahe. Das Ding ist zwar mit seiner blauen Farbe ein Laserschwert für Padawans und deshalb für yours truly ungeeignet auch noch das eines Jedi Guardian, aber fuck who cares: Ich will so ein Ding!

The Spyder III, the World’s Most Powerful Portable Laser, Is a Real Life Lightsaber

March 14 2010


They are Women with Lazer Tits!

Ihr erinnert Euch an „this chick called Kiki, riding this Tron-like bike’n’shooting PewPewLasers from her breasts“, die ich mal in meiner Untitled-Serie gepostet hatte? Nun, jemand hat genau dieses Bild als Anlaß genommen und ein Tumblelog gestartet: Lazer Tits! Und Damen mit Laser-Brüsten bringen welche Kinder auf die Welt? Genau: Babies with Laser Eyes!

Lazer Tits! (Danke Kaerf und alle, die mir das geschickt haben!)

February 18 2010


They are Babies with Laser Eyes!

That’s what they are: „The finest selection of babies with laser eyes on the webernets.“

Babies with Laser Eyes! (via io9)

February 14 2010


Pew Pew: Mosquito killed by a Laser

(Youtube Direktpewpew, via Gizmodo, danke an alle, die das Video geschickt hatten)

Mosquito killed by a Laser, in Slow Motion! Awwwwwww! Bilder der Aparatur gibt’s auf Boing Boing. Snip von Wired:

Myhrvold demonstrated a “Death Star” laser gun designed to track and shoot mosquitoes in flight. The device was crafted from parts purchased on eBay by scientists at Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures Laboratory.

TED 2010: Death Star Laser Gun Zaps Mosquitoes Dead

January 17 2010


Untitled 12

And then there’s this chick called Kiki, riding this Tron-like bike’n’shooting PewPewLasers from her breasts watching the world go boom through her virtual reality glasses and I’m like, Yeah, whatever.

(via Gizmodo)

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