Photo of the Week: Laser pierces the sky at ToorCamp

GeekWire readers were given an inside look at ToorCamp last week through daily dispatches from attendee Amal Graafstra. But this is a different perspective entirely.

The picture has been making the rounds on Twitter, originally posted by David Hulton, one of the organizers of the camp for geeks on the Washington coast. Photographed by Nick Hernandez, it’s a view of the campsite from a lookout a few miles away.

So what was that laser beam? It was a photonic beam project organized by the team at Seattle’s Hackerbot Labs, with a stated goal “to measure the diffuse reflections of the atmosphere using a distributed array of semi-autonomous sensors.”

For more background on the project, see this introductory Hackerbot Labs post and this follow-up post with more pictures and results from the ToorCamp deployment. Whether or not they met their scientific goals, this pic alone seems to have made the project worthwhile.