“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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16 Comments on "“Invisible Beam” Weapon To Be Used In Prisons (Video)"

  1. justagirl | Feb 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm |

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

  2. justagirl | Feb 16, 2011 at 10:23 am |

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

  3. Simiantongue | Feb 16, 2011 at 5:36 pm |

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

  4. Simiantongue | Feb 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm |

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

  5. Anonymous | Feb 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm |

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

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

  7. set phasers to “hot iron”

  8. set phasers to “hot iron”

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Hope it causes cancer and is banned to hell.

  14. Hope it causes cancer and is banned to hell.

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

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

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