If you grew up in the late 80s or the early 90s, you might have some experience with the NES game Duck Hunt. The laughing dog from the game was the bane of my existence, so it's no surprise that the modders at North Street Labs decided to retrofit the classic NES Zapper gun controller with a laser strong enough to blind a person or start a fire.
Described by the folks at North Street Labs as “absolutely terrifying,” the modified zapper holds a laser capable of reaching 2 watts from a single diode. As a point of reference, a typical laser pointer is only 5 milliwatts. The Zapper is 400 times as strong as a laser pointer, which gives it the ability to instantly burn whatever it touches, including your retinas.
Uh, in other words, don’t try this at home.
To carry out this mod, the North Street Labs crew used a variety of components, including batteries, a driver, a 445nm diode, a lens, a key switch, various bits of wiring, and a heat-sink. The project also involved a whole lot of unscrewing and soldering, as Gizmodo points out,
North Street Labs documented the entire conversion process in photos for your viewing enjoyment. Watching the Zapper in action is both frightening and fascinating. It certainly gives a whole new meaning to the old parental complaint, “Turn the games off, you’ll go blind!”
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