Prototype Laser Gatling Gun Unveiled

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Prototype Laser Gatling Gun Unveiled

Laser Gadgets and Wicked Lasers have released a video showing off a gatling gun prototype.

Try to think of the coolest weapon ever devised by a human mind. If your answer to this question is anything other than the gatling gun from Terminator 2 (the one from Predator was a runner up), then you're doing it wrong. Trees, cars, asphalt; it shreds them like paper at a confetti factory. The second the people in the scene realize what Mr. Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 is packing, they book it for safety, because, as videogames can also attest, you don't mess with a gatling gun. The only possible way we could think of to even remotely improve on the design of man's best bullet spitter would be to add lasers. Someone else apparently agreed.

Laser Gadgets, in cooperation with Wicked Laser, have unveiled a video showing off a prototype for a laser gatling gun. Armed with six of Wicked Lasers' Spyder 3 Artic laser pointers, the laser gatling isn't quite as lethal as its bullet fueled sibling. That said, it's not without its dangers. The Spyder 3 is, currently, the world's most powerful portable laser and is fully capable of causing permanent blindness as well setting fire to human skin. To drive the point home that this can cause some actual harm, the video ends with the systematic slaughter of several balloons. People might not pop quite the same way, but we still cringe to think of trading places with them.

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I was kind of expecting more than 6 laser pointers attached to a motor. I want to see this thing unleashed on a hall of mirrors full of cats. That would be a video worth watching.

The nerd in me says that's pretty cool. The engineer in me points out that there is no reason to mount the lasers into a rotating chamber, and that it's a waste of power.

I know logically that for maximum effectiveness the lasers on this produce solid beams all at once, but I still wished it fired one at a time in rapid succession like an actual Gatling gun (or at least like the laser Gatling gun from Fallout). /sigh Reality is unrealistic.

Still really cool though.

Still stronger than an Imperial Guard Lasgun

CriticalMiss:
I was kind of expecting more than 6 laser pointers attached to a motor. I want to see this thing unleashed on a hall of mirrors full of cats. That would be a video worth watching.

But... the kitties... no...

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The point of a gatling gun is to allow far more rapid firing than a single barrel can withstand. The advantage isn't really there when it comes to a continuous beam of light. This is just 6 lasers attached to a mount that spins. Still, it looks cool and 6 lasers is more awesome than 1 laser.

Alright, let's just hope that this person doesn't get the final product, or gets pissed off:


I'd hate to see the results unless he were on my side. XD

JamesBr:
I know logically that for maximum effectiveness the lasers on this produce solid beams all at once,

Actually, I think that would depend on how said Gatling Laser would be designed. Regular Gatling Guns switch between barrels to prevent heat damage, as the Rates-of-Fire most Miniguns are capable of would cause their barrels to melt if all the bullets went through the same barrel.

I admit I'm not an engineer, but I'm pretty sure a Fallout-style Gatling Laser could still work if it was swapping between "Laser Focusing Chamber[1]" between each shot, giving each of said chambers some time to cool down before it's fired again.

[1] I know that's probably not the correct term for them

Aeshi:

JamesBr:
I know logically that for maximum effectiveness the lasers on this produce solid beams all at once,

Actually, I think that would depend on how said Gatling Laser would be designed. Regular Gatling Guns switch between barrels to prevent heat damage, as the Rates-of-Fire most Miniguns are capable of would cause their barrels to melt if all the bullets went through the same barrel.

I admit I'm not an engineer, but I'm pretty sure a Fallout-style Gatling Laser could still work if it was swapping between "Laser Focusing Chamber[1]" between each shot, giving each of said chambers some time to cool down before it's fired again.

Or just have the spinning lasers mounted behind a plate with only one hole in it.
BOOM, gatling gun effect.
(Use a NON-flammable plate though)

[1] I know that's probably not the correct term for them

This is just a prototype and proof that it's possible. From there, we can only go up.

Aeshi:

JamesBr:
I know logically that for maximum effectiveness the lasers on this produce solid beams all at once,

Actually, I think that would depend on how said Gatling Laser would be designed. Regular Gatling Guns switch between barrels to prevent heat damage, as the Rates-of-Fire most Miniguns are capable of would cause their barrels to melt if all the bullets went through the same barrel.

I admit I'm not an engineer, but I'm pretty sure a Fallout-style Gatling Laser could still work if it was swapping between "Laser Focusing Chamber[1]" between each shot, giving each of said chambers some time to cool down before it's fired again.

I'm pretty sure the problem powerful lasers has less to do with chamber containing the gain medium becoming too hot and more the power supply overheating from sustained use (someone feel free to correct me on that).

Actually pulsing a laser over a target should (remember, not a physicist either) be more damaging since the evaporated particles have a chance to dissipate so there is less diffusion of light. I would think. But I don't think you need more than a single barrel to do it, other than Rule of Cool of course, since lasers don't have "barrels" to heat up.

Captcha = no dice, but only after I failed to fill it in ><

[1] I know that's probably not the correct term for them

Wow, someone managed to put lasers on a spinny thing. That's extremely impressive.

Oh, wait, no, that's actually not impressive at all. Much like most Wicked Lasers products, it's just a powerful laser marketed in a remarkably silly way.

There is no reason for lasers to spin around, unlike their bullet counterparts.

It looks cool, yes. But it isn't practical. Also, rail-gun > (gatling) laser.

JamesBr:
I'm pretty sure the problem powerful lasers has less to do with chamber containing the gain medium becoming too hot and more the power supply overheating from sustained use (someone feel free to correct me on that).

Well, as the laser gets more powerful, you have potential overheating at virtually every step in process. Simply attaching the laser to an adequate power supply won't necessarily protect the cables, chamber, lenses, targeting mirrors, nearby kittens, atmospheric plasma ionization lensing, and so on. You have to consider the whole system.

Clowns everywhere just cringed. What happens to their beloved balloons when these bad boys get mass produced.

Chaos will ensue, the clowns will fight back.

4RM3D:
There is no reason for lasers to spin around, unlike their bullet counterparts.

It looks cool, yes. But it isn't practical. Also, rail-gun > (gatling) laser.

YES

Pew pew pew! Blast through ALL the walls! Although, I don't think railguns will ever be as small as the Mag-Charger...

Wow, this seems pointless on every level.

It's not even a Gatling gun, being so would mean that only one laser at a time would be on - not all of them. This would actually be beneficial if this was a real thing as it would give time for the other lasers to cool down and with them only being on for fractions of seconds at a time meaning that they won't get very hot anyway.

Also, the title is really misleading. I only clicked it because I thought that they had actually made a fully working laser Gatling gun for use in the military for shooting down missiles, for example. Not a few high power Lasers stuck to a motor.

TIMESWORDSMAN:
The nerd in me says that's pretty cool. The engineer in me points out that there is no reason to mount the lasers into a rotating chamber, and that it's a waste of power.

but the scientist should be saying "FOR SCIENCE!"

now, let us take that prototype..... and add three more.

that rotate around each other.

increase the power of these lasers.

and soon we could make giant dick drawings on the moon.

because at the end of the day, that's humanities number one goal, draw dicks on everything. We have already done it on Mars, so lets make it permanent!

OT, that is..... actually not very useful at all.

major waste of power, however, minus the rotation, create a focal point, and you could come up with something actually dangerous.

Just wondering what would happen if we attached a convex magnifying glass to the end of it, and how much damage it could do.

On the other topic, those lasers are actually really, really powerful. I got one with an attachment for by trail rifle and I cant keep it pointed in the same area for too long. Already tested it and it can set fire to dry grass and brush.

now this just makes me want to get five more and find places to put them on it.

you know, FOR SCIENCE.

Thank you Wicked Lazer, you have burned my dreams with your incredibly lame toy gun. I know see how pointless a gatling lazer is...

Proof of concept, lots of places to develop from here. Sure the rotating part is unnecessary but the whole thing is pretty damn cool.

More pointless spin then Faux and Friends.

CriticalMiss:
I was kind of expecting more than 6 laser pointers attached to a motor. I want to see this thing unleashed on a hall of mirrors full of cats. That would be a video worth watching.

Or a disco ball.

Bigsmith:
Wow, this seems pointless on every level.

It's not even a Gatling gun, being so would mean that only one laser at a time would be on - not all of them. This would actually be beneficial if this was a real thing as it would give time for the other lasers to cool down and with them only being on for fractions of seconds at a time meaning that they won't get very hot anyway.

Also, the title is really misleading. I only clicked it because I thought that they had actually made a fully working laser Gatling gun for use in the military for shooting down missiles, for example. Not a few high power Lasers stuck to a motor.

Tweaked the title a little bit. Thanks for the input!

StewShearer:

Try to think of the coolest weapon ever devised by a human mind. If your answer to this question is anything other than the gatling gun from Terminator 2 (the one from Predator was a runner up), then you're doing it wrong.

I think most Imperial Space Marines would disagree. The Bolter is a handheld, fully automatic gun capable of firing .75 caliber armour-piercing, high-explosive, self-propelled grenades. With little to no recoil.

regardless of whether or not this is practical or worthwhile... it is cool.

And i wants one.

Hey santa ... christmas is nearing...

My response to a friend linking this video to me went pretty much like this:


I was really hoping when I saw the beginning that it wasn't just 6 pointers spinning around. Honestly, this thing would've been way cooler if it was just one recessed behind the firing barrel position and it would get "strobed" as the other barrels crossed it, making it look like it was firing in pulses with the spinning barrels. This is stupid AND insanely expensive to equip with multiple blue lasers.

Cool, but what's the point of the spinning? O_o and I was like "meh" until he popped the balloons. More points cause of that.

TIMESWORDSMAN:
The nerd in me says that's pretty cool. The engineer in me points out that there is no reason to mount the lasers into a rotating chamber, and that it's a waste of power.

Gives each laser a chance to cool down so it doesn't melt itself.
I haven't actually gotten to watch the video, so I don't know if it's necessary for it to spin.
Also, I'm sure this thing is a lot more accurate than your standard gatling gun.
Edit: Plus since it doesn't have to fire solid ammunition it's probably a lot lighter.

Gotta say I like the design of the thing...looks like something straight out of Doom! Really, though, I was hoping for some Star Wars *PEW! PEW!* sounds. :(

Still, though, that's actually the second coolest weapon I've heard about in the past week. The first being a new sniper rifle that allows anyone using it to make a perfect shot up to half a mile away. It calculates for wind speed and direction, distance, and everything else you'd need to calculate for making a sniper shot and actually locks the trigger so you can't fire until you're aiming at the right spot in relation to the target. People who had never even held a gun in their life were making shots that normally only a handful of people in the world could do.

Ummm...yeah...that's actually pretty god damn terrifying when you think of what it could do in the wrong hands... >.>

Souplex:

TIMESWORDSMAN:
The nerd in me says that's pretty cool. The engineer in me points out that there is no reason to mount the lasers into a rotating chamber, and that it's a waste of power.

Gives each laser a chance to cool down so it doesn't melt itself.
I haven't actually gotten to watch the video, so I don't know if it's necessary for it to spin.
Also, I'm sure this thing is a lot more accurate than your standard gatling gun.
Edit: Plus since it doesn't have to fire solid ammunition it's probably a lot lighter.

Except much like Simcity, the lasers are always on, so they aren't "cooling down"

Also your last two points are assertions with no real proof.

RJ 17:
Gotta say I like the design of the thing...looks like something straight out of Doom! Really, though, I was hoping for some Star Wars *PEW! PEW!* sounds. :(

Still, though, that's actually the second coolest weapon I've heard about in the past week. The first being a new sniper rifle that allows anyone using it to make a perfect shot up to half a mile away. It calculates for wind speed and direction, distance, and everything else you'd need to calculate for making a sniper shot and actually locks the trigger so you can't fire until you're aiming at the right spot in relation to the target. People who had never even held a gun in their life were making shots that normally only a handful of people in the world could do.

Ummm...yeah...that's actually pretty god damn terrifying when you think of what it could do in the wrong hands... >.>

Uhm... that is really terrifying. REALLY terrifying. Could you imagine that in the hands of some would-be assassin? Sometimes, I'm really damn afraid of technology.

Souplex:

TIMESWORDSMAN:
The nerd in me says that's pretty cool. The engineer in me points out that there is no reason to mount the lasers into a rotating chamber, and that it's a waste of power.

Gives each laser a chance to cool down so it doesn't melt itself.
I haven't actually gotten to watch the video, so I don't know if it's necessary for it to spin.
Also, I'm sure this thing is a lot more accurate than your standard gatling gun.
Edit: Plus since it doesn't have to fire solid ammunition it's probably a lot lighter.

All the lasers seem to be on at the same time, so I don't think they're getting much cooling time, spinning or no. If it was spinning faster and there was some sort of ventilation system, I could see it performing a cooling duty.

If only it was actually as interesting a feat of engineering as it's title would suggest.

What I want to know is why the lasers are being used to massacre BLACK balloons

Doesn't seem right

Before they actually 'fired it' I thought "OH no!! its powered by Double A batteries. gonna be so dangerous"

I guess I'm doing it wrong, because my answer is either lightsaber or Death Star.

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