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This college student built a 40-watt laser shotgun, and it's absolutely insane

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Sep 23, 2015, 12:37 PM EDT

Lasers are awesome. Laser guns? Even better. A big laser shotgun? That’s about the coolest thing ever.

Southern Illinois student Drake Anthony has built a 40-watt laser shotgun, made up of eight parallel 5-watt laser beams totaling 40 watts. According to Anthony, the parallel beams are manipulated with lenses, similar to how a choke modifies the spread of a shotgun blast. As for what’s pumping the juice, Anthony powered the diode array with a massive lithium polymer battery pack.

This is obviously awesome, but there’s something to be said for the ingenuity to pack all these smaller lasers into an unwieldy weapon (balloons beware!). The shotgun aesthetic makes it cool, and also gives the shot a good spread. Plus, for something cobbled together in 48 hours of tech geek fury, it can definitely do some damage.

Check out the laser shotgun in action below and let us know what you think:

(Via Popular Science)