Science: Health: Eye: Artificial
Glass Eye Laser Beam   (+4, -1)  [vote for, against]

People feel sorry for you when you tell them you have a glass eye. But not anymore, not when you can shoot a red beam of light out of your eye.

Battery powered, self-contained. Uses remote control unit for on/off. Great gimmick for presentations.
-- ldischler, Apr 13 2004

can you say borg? http://www.thinkgee...lights/5a47/action/
i don't know why everyone's limiting this to red lasers. [jgang, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

If you had a flash-light option, this could be very useful for reading in bed or exploring caves.
-- spacemoggy, Apr 13 2004

-- DrCurry, Apr 13 2004

Her eyes pierced right through me!+
-- theircompetitor, Apr 13 2004

Resistance is futile.
-- waugsqueke, Apr 13 2004

"'My eyes! The goggles do nothing!"
-- Mr Burns, Apr 13 2004

"No, you can't have one! You'll put your eye out!"

Which is what you'd have kids doing for this shit. Hell, I'm tempted.
-- Eugene, Apr 13 2004

Ok, but what happens when it rolls around to the back?
-- k_sra, Apr 13 2004

I think you're wearing it wrong.
-- Worldgineer, Apr 13 2004

<zaps [Worldgineer] in nose>
-- k_sra, Apr 13 2004

I said look me in the- OW! OW! OW!
-- Madcat, Apr 13 2004

I'll wait for the carbon laser models, they can cut. Great for the kitchen. +
-- sartep, Apr 13 2004

If looks could kill.
-- st3f, Apr 13 2004

Arnold Schwarzenegger, eat your heart out.

willien, perhaps a barcode scanner?
-- RayfordSteele, Apr 13 2004

-- dpsyplc, Apr 13 2004

First off, this is the most hilarious idea I've read in awhile.

Second, and I've seen a few comments already suggest this problem, but it would be dangerous to look someone in the eyes while you're having a conversation. Looking into a laser beam damages the cells in the back of the eye, and cause your friends to go blind. This could have positive side-effects for the company developing this product - because soon the laser would cause your friends to all have damaged eyes, encouraging them to have their eyeballs removed and replaced with these :)

Also, lasers take up quite a bit of current. I like the remote control on/off switch, but another possible solution to this would be to turn it on/off by blinking your eyelids in a certain pattern, so as to trigger internal circuitry connected to a small photoresistor on the outside. Pretty easy to do with electronics.

I'll still mod you up, but these are some pretty serious problems that would need to be dealt with before something like this were to be implemented.
-- ee_moss, Apr 14 2004

"Yarrgh! Noone stares down Cap'n Detly no more!"
-- Detly, Apr 14 2004

Here's looking at you kid.
-- 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Apr 14 2004

[ee-m], I assume the remote is to be able to turn it off before looking someone in the eye (unless you want to do damage, then it's for turning it on).

[k_s] Ow. Stop that.
-- Worldgineer, Apr 14 2004

I really like [willien]'s projecter anno. If the eye was hooked up via Bluetooth to a belt device, it could project a line of text or a small image on flat surfaces.

I'm wondering if synchronizing it to the motion of the other eye would be technically possible though?

"I've got my eye on you..."
-- Eugene, Apr 14 2004

[Zanzibar] - Actually, even simple laser pointers cause eye damage if you stare directly into the beam - that's what I was thinking it would be too. It's a great idea, don't get me wrong - but with just about any laser beam, you're concentrating too many photons onto the back of your eyeball and damaging the cells by staring directly into it. Kind of like staring into the sun. Granted, it may take more time to go blind with a laser pointer, but you wouldn't want to be shooting it into people's eyes. :)
-- ee_moss, Apr 15 2004

A "Knight Rider" glass eye would look cool too.
-- hippo, Apr 15 2004

brilliant idea. try special effects.. try not to blink !
-- sweet, Apr 15 2004

"I dont think much of that [Idlischler], hes got a lasy eye". +

An expansion on the theme could see water/fake blood secreting eyes (a variation on the water squirting flower used by clowns).
-- Cunninglinguist, Apr 16 2004

No one has said the obvious - Why do you need a remote control or blink sensors to turn it on or off? Why not just touch it? You wont feel it.
-- miasere, Apr 16 2004

But [miasere], it so simple—the remote can be built into a special laser pointer.
Redundant, you say.
But no, see, you use the pointer as you would normally, and then, for emphasis, you press the other button (the button no other laser pointer has) and nail your boss with your eyebeam. Just for a second. No one else will notice. But he will think you have super powers. At a minimum, he will be afraid of you and try to promote you out of his division.
-- ldischler, Apr 16 2004

This invention may make breast mirrors more popular.

(does quick Google search for "breast mirrors", and to [World]'s shock and amazement, finds no real hits)

This invention may incent the invention of breast mirrors.
-- Worldgineer, Apr 16 2004

Good lord, I'd never be able to go to Hooters again.
-- eyeguy, Apr 16 2004

Damn you [ldischler]! Just found this when checking no one had done it before. You beat me by a few months and got all the croissants.

Oh well, have another. It is a good idea after all.
-- wagster, Aug 11 2004

You could also be "The girl with kaleidoscope eyes".

Very nice (+)
-- energy guy, Aug 11 2004

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