Laser Burns Up Boat

You’re riding along, living your life thinking that Star Wars is all a big joke, a work of fiction. Then, suddenly, the U.S. Navy brings out a device called the HEL laser and it can blow up boats from afar using only laser light. Lasers have been used to disable vehicles before, but this is the first time it’s worked in the moist ocean air.

The laser, when aimed at, say, an engine, essentially causes a fire, thereby disabling the craft. It’s excellent for shutting down approaching enemies or bopping pirates from afar. It also means that handheld laser blasters are only a whisper away. Comforting…

It’s not quite ready for commercial use but expect it to be able to disable your cigarette boat in due time.

via BBC