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Besides guiding your saw or projecting level and plumb lines, lasers can now zap mosquitoes. A team at Intellectual Ventures Lab created a working prototype of their Photonic Fence to detect mosquitoes flying at a distance and shoot them down using lasers. The basic components came from inexpensive consumer electronics (e.g., laser printers, Blu-Ray disc writers, camcorders, and video game consoles).

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The folks at Bosch recently released a video of their new GLL2 80 line laser. We find it a little difficult to get stoked about lasers after the last couple years, but this is actually pretty sweet. It’s a 360 degree multi line laser for less than $300.

The concept of a true 360 degree laser –- not a rotary –- unit was pretty fantastic a few years ago but the high end guys were about the only crews that could get their hands on them. Now the GLL2 80 can be had by almost anyone running around on a jobsite. It features a range of 65’ indoors to 265’ outside with a receiver you can buy separately. It’s got all the bells and whistles like self leveling, a locking pendulum, tripod mount, and several different modes that let you get the line you want on the axis you want where you need it.

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While it’s not the elusive laser-guided screwdriver or hammer, the Victorinox Presentation Master does have a laser pointer, and 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of USB flash drive storage, and a Bluetooth® remote control, not to mention a blade, nail file with screwdriver, scissors, and key ring. For those of you trying to get through airport security, Victorinox also makes a bladeless version, the Presentation Master Flight.

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The LightLane Bike Light, shown above, is a prototype patent-pending bike light that, in addition to having standard rear-facing red LEDs, has two green lasers (shown below) projecting to the left and right of your bike giving you a visible five-foot wide, 12-foot long bike lane moving with you as you ride. Its rechargeable Li-Ion battery is said to give 3 hours of run time.

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If you need to check drive pulleys to see if they’re out of alignment, one way to do it is to use the Gates Drive Align laser alignment tool.  It can show you if the drive pulleys are offset or angled with respect to each other.

Gates’ tool uses a 650nm (red) laser diode powered by a replaceable lithium battery which provides 20 hours of continuous use. It can be used on all automotive serpentine belt drives with four or more ribs.

The Drive Align Laser includes glasses that help you see the laser better, a bungee cord to secure the laser tool to the pulley, and an Allen wrench to align the light beam. The tool comes in a high-impact plastic carrying with space for the other accessories. Overall the Laser Drive Alignment Tool will run you at least $125.

Lazer Drive Align [Gates]
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Back in 2007, Sean showed us a laser-guided handsaw that looked like a drywall saw.  I figured the market would kill such a mutation before it could spawn, but lo and behold, upon opening the latest Sears tool catalog I found the Spear & Jackson laser-guided woodsaw.  Yes, it’s a standard hand woodsaw, with a 10 tpi “Sheffield” blade, and a frickin’ laser!

If you look at Spear & Jackson’s press release you see why they need the laser — their product tester doesn’t know to keep his index finger extended along the line of the sawblade.  The YouTube video linked below shows the saw in all of its glory.

It’s a sad world that has a need for such a saw, isn’t it?

Spear & Jackson Laser-Guided Woodsaw [Sears]
Press Release [Spear & Jackson]
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You thought the only thing missing from your layout square was lasers — well, the Stanley FatMax Laser Level square may not have all the functionality of a layout square, but it does feature two lasers attached to an aluminum 90-45-45° square with level and plumb vials to boot.

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Lasers just keep getting cheaper — Rockler cut the price of the Infiniter RS-1 Laser Cutting Guide in half.  That’s right, it’s on sale for just $13, cheaper than the Harbor Freight version is currently listed!

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