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    Last summer's non-lethal weapon of chpcie: a flashlight that makes people throw up:

      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2008
    Cool. Can a bowel disruptor be far behind?
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    Joe - I heard there's a sound canon type things the police have that makes you shit; something about the frequencey of the sound...
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2008
    The sound that makes your bowels loosen is a myth, and tested on Mythbusters. They found at no frequency does a person shit themselves. Disappointing, I know.
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    Is the bowel disruptor going to be brought up at every conceivable moment?

    Looking at the vomit torch...

    The colors and pulses continuously change, leaving no time for the brain or eyes to adapt. After a few minutes, the effects wear off.

    Doesn't say how long it takes to grab hold. Or if it works on the colourblind. Or people wearing shades

    The light could be used to make a bad guy turn away or shut his eyes, giving authorities enough time to tackle the suspect and apply the cuffs …

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    OH HELL its an instant migraine maker.
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    Aren't Razorlight already the sonic version?
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    Slightly (very slightly) more seriously - the coolest non-lethal weapon in SF is the tasp, invented by Larry Niven, developed further by Spider Robinson. Think of it as a taser which stimulates the pleasure centre of the brain...
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2008
    I suspect that at some point we may see bullet ant venom used as a nonlethal weapon.

    It is supposedly the most painful venom on the planet - the bullet ant gets its name because its bite feels like you've been shot - but almost 100% nonlethal.
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    I'd kinda like a bowel disruptor for dealing with certain colleagues right now. Although it would make a mess of the office so perhaps I should go for bullet ant venom ... so many choices!
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2008
    @Kosmopolit, Gimme a box of bullet ants, a pair of tweezers and a slingshot.
      CommentAuthorJoe Paoli
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2008 edited
    @Pete Martin
    Is the bowel disruptor going to be brought up at every conceivable moment?
    Only when appropriate, Pete. All things in moderation, after all.

    Joe - I heard there's a sound canon type things the police have that makes you shit; something about the frequencey of the sound...
    I've heard about the microwave 'pain cannon', and the infamous 'brown note', but not the sound cannon, at least with that particular side effect. There does seem to be one operating in NY, though.

    Edit: I will say that while hunting for descriptions of the sound cannon and its effects on wikipedia, I stumbled across the 'incapacitating agent' page, which implied that some can incapacitate by giving diarrhea. That's.... unpleasant. Though it's not clear to me if it's a device that's instant or a a food additive that hits you was it works through your system.

    Edit redux: Found it.
    In 2004 author Jon Ronson revealed a military report titled "Non-Lethal Weapons: Terms and References." There were a total of 21 acoustic weapons listed, in various stages of development, including the Infrasound ("Very low-frequency sound which can travel long distances and easily penetrate most buildings and vehicles...biophysical effects: nausea, loss of bowels, disorientation, vomiting, potential internal organ damage or death may occur. Superior to ultrasound..."
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    @ williac, I'd rather not if it's all the same...
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2008
    New Scientist just did a story on this including video footage.

    The light seems to be concentrated in the blue frequencies - not sure I'd worry too much about a weapon that can be defeated by a pair of blue shades.
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2008
    There's a thing on the wired blog about a similar device, but through sound instead of light. Kinda neat, but I'm still holding out for better and cooler.
      CommentAuthorJon Wake
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2008
    Back when I was bouncing, I had a 3 watt LED light that cost me 20 bucks and could get someone's attention from across a stadium and up close could blind a drunk skinhead at ten paces. I know this because said drunk skinhead was might upset with me.

    It seems to me the great effect of this thing is to get people to turn their head so you can take them down, which my 20 dollar plastic flashlight does fine. Hell, it will probably be used as a bludgeon more often than a 'shiny lite ov doom'.