Let’s kick this off by saying you should probably make every effort to keep a laser away from your eye. The laser comes in varying levels of power but even lower consumer grade lasers could cause damage. That being said, meet Michael Reeves. Reeves decided he was missing something in his life and that something was a pizza box robot that shoots a laser into his eye. So this (obviously) highly intelligent young man went about building just that.
Reeves admits he’s no engineer but his talents lay in software development. So while the robot isn’t much to look at, it’s what the robot can do that he’s most proud of. Reeves used a pizza box and other material along with a webcam and programmed the whole thing in C# using basic facial recognition database. What you’re about to see in the video below should not be attempted by anyone.
As you can see, the software and hardware are doing their job tracking Reeves’ eyes and attempting to annihilate them. You have to give the guy props for his ingenuity and programming abilities here. While the final product he created is questionable, I guess you can only respect his right to want to take a laser in the eye.
While most of this story revolves around Reeves crazy stunt, I rather enjoyed his personality which totally made the video great. His humor and ability to laugh at himself and his presentation skills are really great. Hopefully, the takeaway here is that you can really build cool things from just about anything with the right knowledge. Oh, and also, don’t shoot freaking lasers into your eyes! We hope Reeves is doing okay after his crazy stunt, he’ll at least get a few views from all the media coverage.Source: Michael Reeves Source: Popular Mechanics