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    Laser Pointers

    I thought it might be fun, advantageous and look kinda cool to have Nomous (my mech) outfitted with laserpointers. Are laser pointers ok for competition? Can someone recommend a low power level of laser for a pointer?

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    Re: Laser Pointers

    They are fine for use in the competition, but there are issues.

    Several of us tried laser pointers last year. They are almost impossible to keep track of with only the camera view. I used things from Walmart, they were bright, but when viewed in the camera, they sort of blended into the background. With the camera I was using then, the laser dot was not the bright red you would expect, but white to pinkish.

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    Re: Laser Pointers

    You might consider a more powerful laser with a cross hair filter on it. That way it might be a bit more visible.. You may also want to set up some sort of visual cross hair on your monitor so that you have some indicator as to where to look when trying to figure out what you are aiming at.

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    green lasers are quite visible

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    Re: Laser Pointers

    I don't think we should allow green lasers.. too powerfull.. We have viewing windows in the bottom of the arena for kidz.. I don't think a laser in the eye will go over too good with the parents.

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    Re: Laser Pointers

    What would be the maximum allowable laser? [Edited:] Would the limitation(s) be by wattage per type of generation, by wattage in general or by some other factor(s)? I know that we can't and shouldn't use lasers to inflict damage, but getting into robotics involves a number of factors and not least among them is simply the "coolness factor" - and a laser toting Mech seems pretty cool to me even if it is for looks!
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    Re: Laser Pointers

    We don't have a rule regarding that (yet).

    It can't be too powerful or we run the risk of being a danger to the crowd. On the other hand, these mechs are rarely holding still and/or pointing at the crowd too much, and there's a 3' tall solid border along the bottom so we might be good regardless.

    Common sense is a must here; don't bring a DeathStar class laser and we'll be fine.

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    Re: Laser Pointers

    Quote Originally Posted by Tyberius View Post
    We don't have a rule regarding that (yet).

    It can't be too powerful or we run the risk of being a danger to the crowd. On the other hand, these mechs are rarely holding still and/or pointing at the crowd too much, and there's a 3' tall solid border along the bottom so we might be good regardless.

    Common sense is a must here; don't bring a DeathStar class laser and we'll be fine.
    I just know that green lasers are BRIGHT.. they hurt my eyes just with the reflection off of a white wall.

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    Re: Laser Pointers

    Fair enough, and thanks for the quote from Tyberius

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    Re: Laser Pointers

    Green lasers are much more powerful, but they are also much less eye safe. If a 5mw red laser flashes across your eye it will not do any permanent damage, but a 5mw green laser could, because the eye is more sensitive to green light. For spectator safety I think we should be very cautious about green.

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