We’ve all seen custom phone skins and plates, but what about fancy laser pointers for those adventurous geeks? Presentations are inevitable these days, whether its at the office or in front of friends, it’s always helpful to keep a laser pointer around to show your professionalism. However, I find that such a cool gadget is often aesthetically not pleasing. But after some hunting, I discovered one brand that actually pays some attention to the exterior casing design. You can find these at Wicked Lasers. They even offer an aluminum alloy carrying case to protect your little toy. Now that is cool.
What’s even more interesting is the fact that other than the common red lasers we often see, green lasers and even blue or purple ones are now also available! Of course the purple or blue ones are yet to gain mass exposure due to it’s hefty price tag, for the same reason why the Play Station 3 is so expensive. My advice for those considering to make such a purchase is to consider the context in which your new gadget will be used. If you only plan on using it for PowerPoint presentations, go with the lowest powers (5-15mW) of the green lasers. Our eyes are most sensitive to the green part of the spectrum, so the spot will appear very bright and if any higher power is used, it may cause discomfort for the audience. The rest of the line are geared more towards laser enthusiasts and specialized applications such as astronomy. So, be careful! These beams are dangerous to the eyes if not used in the proper environment and with the proper equipment, the result could be nasty.