- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Laser enthusiast Drake Anthony’s latest DIY invention has stunned the technology website Gizmodo, which likened his “laser bazooka” to a “handheld Death Star.”

Mr. Anthony has been making homemade laser devices for years. His YouTube videos, such as “laser shotgun” and “laser sword,” have attracted millions of viewers. His latest creation is primed to do the same.

“I built this laser bazooka almost completely out of scrap parts and broken electronics. … I’m pretty sure this is the strongest portable laser that has ever been built by a hobbyist. It just feels like I’m holding a ball of lightening in my hands. This is definitely my new favorite toy,” the YouTube star said Tuesday.

Its beam is so intense that he had to wear a welder’s mask outfitted with laser goggles to safely use it.

Gizmodo was awed by its design.

“In the right hands, broken electronics can be turned into something useful again. But useful isn’t the best way to describe Drake Anthony’s 200-watt laser bazooka made from a bunch of old DLP projectors he bought off eBay,” the website’s Andrew Liszewski wrote Wednesday. “Words like incredibly dangerous, do-not-try-this-at-home, or ‘are you crazy?’ seem more appropriate.”

The writer notes that Mr. Anthony’s laser bazooka is “400 times more powerful than what the FDA will let you play with.” 

Viewers were impressed with Mr. Anthony’s work, but joked that it would not be long before the FBI knocked on his door.

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