“Invisible Beam” Weapon To Be Used In Prisons (Video)

Amy Dusto writes on Discovery News:

Prison guards could soon stop fights with a harmless tool that shoots a laser-like beam, video game-style, down into a room where trouble is brewing. The Assault Intervention Device (AID), funded by the National Institute of Justice, is still large and unrefined but will soon be installed for trial in at least one prison, the Pitchess Detention Center in Los Angeles County.

The AID directs an energy beam, which is in the invisible millimeter wavelength, that penetrates just deep enough beneath the skin to make the target’s pain receptors shout. The sensation is a burn like touching a hot stove or an iron. It only lasts up to 3 seconds — the AID controls automatically shut the beam off to prevent shooting for longer without resetting the trigger finger. The beam can hit a target about 100 feet away, and is about as wide as a CD.

According to Raytheon, the device’s manufacturers, it causes no actual damage to nerves or skin. This video shows the sharp reflex caused by an AID hit, and the unscathed hit receivers.

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  • justagirl

    “as if beatings from wardens and guards weren’t bad enough…”

  • justagirl

    “as if beatings from wardens and guards weren’t bad enough…”

  • Simiantongue

    Yaaaay a new torture device!!!!! Go USA!!

  • Simiantongue

    Yaaaay a new torture device!!!!! Go USA!!

  • Audio7

    The prison setup is merely to anesthetize us to its use. After all, that’s what has happened with tasers.

  • Anonymous

    The prison setup is merely to anesthetize us to its use. After all, that’s what has happened with tasers.

  • Why

    set phasers to “hot iron”

  • Why

    set phasers to “hot iron”

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    My first reaction was that this beats tazers (or guns)… but I didn’t consider that they’ll eventually add this to the arsenal for riot police. That means someone will have to develop an anti-AID suit!

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    My first reaction was that this beats tazers (or guns)… but I didn’t consider that they’ll eventually add this to the arsenal for riot police. That means someone will have to develop an anti-AID suit!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JR6QMHI5D3L6Z4JJBSAKO4KJBE brock

    Yeah, and how long before someone figures out how to override the 3 second cut off? I bet at some point it’ll start cooking cells and causing real damage.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JR6QMHI5D3L6Z4JJBSAKO4KJBE brock

    Yeah, and how long before someone figures out how to override the 3 second cut off? I bet at some point it’ll start cooking cells and causing real damage.

  • Dunzain

    Hope it causes cancer and is banned to hell.

  • Dunzain

    Hope it causes cancer and is banned to hell.

  • Rant93

    Notice they didn’t show any of the inevitable “accidental” face shots.

  • Rant93

    Notice they didn’t show any of the inevitable “accidental” face shots.

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