July 27th, 2007 09:15 AM
Homeland Security funds LED Light Saber
Sorry if it's a repost.
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The Department of Homeland Security is funding the creation an LED flashlight that uses powerful flashes of light to temporarily blind, disorient and incapacitate people. Homeland Security's Science and Technology arm hopes government agents can use the "light saber" to arrest people on planes and at the borders without using traditional weapons.
I wonder how this compares to the already widely available personal defense lights from Surefire, etc?
July 27th, 2007 09:42 AM
I can't imagine it being brighter than a 15kW incandescent, and while that was blinding and very painful, (and that from a not-quite-closed protective curtain, so I only got a tiny fraction of the output) I'd say it wouldn't have been much harder to fight through than OC/CN mix. Probably easier, since the light stops hurting nearly so much once the reflexive eye-closing happens. Either way, it requires fighting blind, but if someone's just looking to do some damage in a crowded area, flailing blindly with a blade or mass weapon could still be effective.
Originally Posted by Fredw
July 28th, 2007 12:10 AM
I was hoping there had been some new technological developments in the field of light sabers. I gotta get me one of those!
Law without force is impotent.
July 28th, 2007 12:25 AM
"[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons.
They are left in full possession of them."
Zacharia Johnson (speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention,25 June 1778)"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed."
July 28th, 2007 03:42 AM
A 5mW green laser will reportedly temp blind a human being and they are fairly inexpensive.
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July 29th, 2007 01:29 AM
July 29th, 2007 08:28 PM
I thought they already made these. Called 'em Surefires. You know.. the ones with LED's. hahaha
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July 30th, 2007 11:19 AM
July 30th, 2007 02:49 PM
Or they could just do it right and blind em all together. Just take a 5mw green laser and modified correctly puts out upwards of 100mw or more depending on the model....
"My God David, We're a Civilized society."
"Sure, As long as the machines are workin' and you can call 911. But you take those things away, you throw people in the dark, and you scare the crap out of them; no more rules...You'll see how primitive they can get."
-The Mist (2007)
August 1st, 2007 11:33 AM
They want a strobe effect. While surefire's lights will temporarily blind, they don't cause disorientation like an LED on strobe. Still, there are plenty of lights that have this, (IE Fenix, Novatac, Gladius, and others) Still, it would be really neat to see them put 4-5 Cree or Seoul high powered LEDs in a light with strobe function. Thats 600-750 retina searing lumens. Even brighter than the M6 with HOLA.
I would buy one. :)
August 1st, 2007 11:41 AM
I almost drew down on a guy a couple years ago in the parking lot of my condo. I was walking the dog and all of a sudden out of the corner of my eye, the kid talking to some guy sitting in his car starts up his toy light saber. This big blue flash scared the hell out of me. My shirt was clear and my hand on the grip before I realized what it was.
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