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Star Trek-like Phaser Being Developed
In the not-so-distant future, ground soldiers may be able to harmlessly immobilize their enemy with a phaser device utilizing new laser technology,
according to the device's inventor, Eric Herr of HSV Technologies Inc..
The non-lethal weapon, which has yet to be named, will immobilize a person or animal up to 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) away by inducing muscular
tetanization. Tetanization is the stimulation of muscle fibers at a frequency which turns individual contractions into a single sustained contraction,
rendering a person unable to move. Once tetanized, the target will remain immobile for as long as the weapon is aimed at him or her and continues to
produce an electric current within the major portion of the body's striated muscles (skeletal muscles).
The weapon induces tetanization by transmitting an electric current from the phaser to its target through two beams of ultraviolet radiation (lasers).
To transmit 20 milliampere current (the minimum required to induce tetanization), the device ionizes oxygen molecules with columnated, incoherent,
ultraviolet radiation that has a wavelength of 193 nanometers.
Herr claims the device will temporarily immobilize a target without causing pain, shock, disorientation or loss of consciousness. In fact, a person
that is shot with this weapon will not even feel the lasers as they penetrate his or her body. Unless the lasers are concentrated on one area for an
extended period of time, the victim's skin will suffer nothing more than mild erythema, akin to a sunburn. Additionally, the phaser will not harm the
target's eyes because the wavelength of the ultraviolet radiation is too low to penetrate the cornea.
The tetanization resulting from the laser replicates the normal physical nerve pulses that contract skeletal muscle tissue, and because the current is
so small, the heart and diaphragm are not affected. While the phaser itself won't cause any pain, the target will still feel pain from any other
injuries. The phaser may catch the target off balance, causing him to fall down; otherwise, he will remain in the same position as when first
An outside company is now testing the laser technology. A prototype of a handheld version of the device isn't expected until at least 2001, and it
should be available to the military and law enforcement in about two years, Herr said.
from the poster me:
i read about this with intrest as to me a stun gun that shoots probes is not
really that effective any way i was thinking maybe to build one in to a custom phone i was thinking along the lines of a smart phone with the new
mobile windows a cpu that can handle voip calls built in gprs blue tooth skype playstation emulator bluesnarf and wifi promiscuous mode
this would be the ultimate spy tech
PS if theres spelling mistakes and you want to tell me about them die quitely pls if this is posted in the wrong place sorry im new please move it