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Laser-guided Trimmer Gives Us Ideas for Other Laser Gadgets

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Philips has attached a laser to a trimmer, giving you a new, high-tech way to manscape.

Even those of us who don't have any practical experience with firearms likely has played a game where a laser sight proved useful in aiming precision. For the pacifists, some power cutting tools come with a laser line guide to aid in cutting straight lines. Of course, both of those applications are for limited use – but what if we could apply lasers to more things?

I asked myself that after I learned about the Philips BT9295. It's an electric clipper and it worked excellently for beard trimming, or those getting ready to keep things neat while participating in Movember. What makes it unique is that it has a laser guide just to make sure you're not shaving off more than you intend to. The laser can help neat groomers to make a straighter or more precise line, as the laser on the Philips is perfectly parallel to the cutting edge. While not a revolutionary change in shaving, it did make things easier – and really, isn't everything cooler with lasers? That got us thinking: what else would be better with lasers?

For us system builders, why not put a laser sight on a screwdriver? Sure, it may not be an essential addition, but neither are laser guides on many things. It would just make life easier – and lasers are just damn cool, regardless of what they're attached to. For a tool that requires more precision, such as a solder iron, would a laser be better appreciated there?

We tried a few applications with a laser pointer. First, with a screwdriver:

Then we wanted something that has a trigger and shoots stuff – so, a can of compressed air:

Share your ideas and feedback with us in the comments below!

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    bochica , November 6, 2013 6:15 PM
    A laser guided Cat Launcher would be very effective.
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    bochica , November 6, 2013 6:15 PM
    A laser guided Cat Launcher would be very effective.
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    Tech savory , November 6, 2013 8:06 PM
    how about where your tires will be so you can avoid potholes/stay in your lane.
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    razor512 , November 6, 2013 8:12 PM
    Laser guided knife with 20x scope with built in range finder.
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    blackmagnum , November 6, 2013 9:44 PM
    Wear it on your belt so you don't miss the honey pot.
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    Darkk , November 6, 2013 9:57 PM
    Laser pointer from a ceiling in a garage towards the windshield so you can see the sweet spot on your dashboard while parking.
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    RooD , November 7, 2013 1:15 AM
    A laser on your laser so you can be accurate while being accurate
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    drummerdimitri , November 7, 2013 3:33 AM
    Interesting application for a laser, but why would you need one in that case? It's not like you're trying to shave from a distance, so the edge of the blade, which happens to be straight just like that laser line is the only thing you need to know exactly where you are cutting when placed on your face. That makes it completely pointless unless you can shave with that laser beam. That would be awesome!
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    djorgji , November 7, 2013 4:08 AM
    Laser instead of high beam so you can blind the suckers that drive with high beams.
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    CrArC , November 7, 2013 6:08 AM
    There's a guy in the office who needs one for his knob because he keeps pissing all over the toilet floor. WHY. WHY DOES HE DO THAT.
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    VictorLimaMike , November 7, 2013 7:10 AM
    Laser guided toilet paper...admit it, you all know you've gotten poo on your finger at one point or another.
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    VictorLimaMike , November 7, 2013 7:40 AM
    Laser guided toilet paper...admit it, you all know you've gotten poo on your finger at one point or another.
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    _BigHead_ , November 7, 2013 8:03 AM
    @Darkk
    When i read your comment i laughed, because THAT ALREADY EXISTS :D 
    Found it on amazon when i was helping a friend pick out his next garage door opener and get reviews. her you go! two different versions, thought you might like. only 25 and 18 USD each.
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001JK1A4K/
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0015A711K/
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    shin0bi272 , November 7, 2013 11:09 AM
    laser guided speakers... so you know when youre in the sweet spot.

    laser generated wall clocks so you dont have to take it off the wall to change the time and its impervious to humidity so you could put it in your shower stall and know exactly how late you are for work. Plus it could let you change the size of the clock and come in red or green colors.
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    shin0bi272 , November 7, 2013 11:12 AM
    Oh and how about a laser guided string trimmer for your yard... so you know youre cutting it nice and level
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    Darkk , November 7, 2013 11:57 AM
    @ shin0bi272 "Oh and how about a laser guided string trimmer for your yard... so you know youre cutting it nice and level"

    Or a laser powerful enough that actually trims the yard like a light saber? lol
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    bochica , November 7, 2013 12:46 PM
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    Laser pointer from a ceiling in a garage towards the windshield so you can see the sweet spot on your dashboard while parking.


    Probably meant as a joke, but those have been out for a few years now.
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    raymarv , November 7, 2013 1:00 PM
    A laser guided can of Raid. A few months ago there was a cockroach on my kitchen floor. I could only get about 6 ft. away from it before it took off so a nice laser guide would have been perfect. Instead I had to start the stream to see where it would go and then try to direct it to where the roach was before it went under the stove. I never saw it again but my floor was wet with stinky Raid.