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Laserschino Cherry

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Look at that - that bright red cherry sitting on top of your sundae.

It's not really even intended to be a food item - it's edible (allegedly), but that's not what it's for.

It's to attract ATTENTION.

Well, let's help it out a bit, shall we?

The dish or glass in which the sundae is served can have a small clip-on device attached, which contains a simple red laser pointer. Powered by three watch batteries, it can run for hours - far longer than the lifetime of the sundae. Just turn it on and aim at the cherry. (If the skin is too reflective, you might need to peel a small spot to get more light inside the cherry.)

There - that strugglingly red cherry on top turns into a veritable beacon.

Now it's got your attention.

lurch, May 25 2011


       Only if it's augmentation not replacement.
Voice, May 25 2011

       Yes - sorry, I didn't realize I wasn't clear. Will update.
lurch, May 25 2011

       Alternatively, some hafnium might do the trick.
RayfordSteele, May 26 2011

       It's the finishing touch, [lurch]. Bun! [+]
Grogster, May 26 2011

       // simple red laser pointer //   

       Nice idea [+]   

       Insufficient beam energy to cause the cherry to ignite [-]   

       Vote: Neutral.
8th of 7, May 26 2011

       Like it - this could be productised along with cherry recognition software and sold to bakeries and the like in order to liven up their cupcake displays. Who could resist the allure of a cherry that's been professionally brightened by light amplified by the stimulated emission of radiation?
zen_tom, May 27 2011

       Cheaper alternative: embed red LED inside cherry, with leads wrapped around stem leading to battery. Avoids need for light to "get inside" cherry. Infinite lifetime of cherry means its reusable.
sqeaketh the wheel, May 27 2011


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