So I actually registered to this forum just because I saw a similar video of Wicked Lasers LaserCube. Then started to research the company, ended up att LPF and are torn... between questions around the company, delivery, quality etc and the potential awesomeness of that product. I'm interested in using it in photography and the potential just seems endless.
Du you have a thought on it?
I'm realizing my post may have come off quite negative and I wanted to clarify that I'm not trying to discourage you from getting into laser scanning. It's a very fun hobby and with the right equipment, you can spend many hours creating really neat effects that will keep you entertained for hours. But not all equipment is created equal.
At the end of the day it really comes down to what you need and what you expect. I now have really high standards from working with professional equipment but when I started out with a 25k projector and quick show I thought it was the coolest thing in the world
If you do get this projector, my recommendation would be to look into getting LSX so you don't get bored of the pre-made content. Even with this projector, if you sit down with good software and create something you enjoy you'll have a good time. Just don't limit yourself to the bad software they ship with the laser.
Here's the link to the page for LSX. You should only need the lite version since you have just one projector. I think you can just use the usb dongle that comes with the projector.
I know that the software might seem a little expensive but trust me, the software is worth just as much as the projector. I can't personally vouch for LSX (I use Beyond) but some of the best abstract laser shows are created using LSX. Check out some of Christopher Short's work (produced in LSX) here. It's pretty incredible. This recommendation presumes you are interested in abstract images over graphics.
With all that said, I want to be clear that I am NOT recommending you buy this unless all you have is exactly 500 dollars. I think it might work for you but since I haven't worked with it I can't guarantee anything. The biggest consideration is safety. Please make sure you use the equipment as safely as possible.