‘Makers,’ as they’re affectionately known, are often innocent tinkerers that like to take things apart, hack them and put them back together. Drake Anthony is certainly a maker, but his focus on lasers that could probably kill you makes you wonder if he’s more Tony Stark, or Bond super villain.
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His newest one, a 200-watt laser bazooka made from old DLP projectors is fully capable of melting the metal housing on a tower PC, and just looking at it without a welders helmet could cause severe eye damage. Staring into the light without protection would be 33-million times more intense than staring directly at the sun, according to Anthony.
The DIY creation uses four 50-watt lasers focused through a massive lens, a total of 200 watts. For comparison sake, the FDA limits all non-medical lasers to a max rating of 0.5 watts and the average laser pointer is a rather wimpy 0.005 watts. Anthony’s, on the other hand, is 400 times as powerful as the FDA limit and let’s just say it shouldn’t be used without guidance from a trained professional — or a dude in his garage on YouTube.