August 29, 2005
— Ace The Buffalo Hummer.
You've got the lightning gun. Or, at least, this guy does, in prototype:
But the star attraction was a simple black briefcase that Bitar promised would shoot lightning bolts. He and Fry placed the briefcase (innocuous-looking, if you ignored the pointed needle a few inches long sticking out the side) on top of a carpeted podium, plugged it into a wall socket and flipped a switch. Then they stood back.
Iridescent streaks of purple lightning snaked out of the briefcase, accompanied by the deafening rattle of what sounded like an M-16, and even in the noisy hangar, conversations momentarily ceased.
"It looks like something out of a 1950s movie," one onlooker commented.
Bitar's technology is based on a technique pioneered more than 100 years ago by the eccentric Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla. The StunStrike uses an electrical charge to break down the air in front of the weapon to create a path for sparks generated by a "resonant transformer," better known as a Tesla coil. Unlike a typical Tesla coil, however, Bitar's invention uses electronics to tune and direct the spark stream. It goes about four feet.
"We can tune it all the way down so it feels like broom bristles, and all the way up to knock you down," Bitar informed a group of gawkers.
Uhh, kinda cool, I guess, but the thing has a range of four feet. You know what else can stun a man and knock him down from a range of four feet?
A baseball bat. I think I'll apply for a Pentagon grant.
The guy's lower-lethality weapons run towards the Biblical-- stuff that strikes you blind, stuns you, and projects the "Voice of God" into your head.
Posted by: at August 29, 2005 10:04 AM (fZQD0)
Much gracias for the link,
Dave at Garfield Ridge
Posted by: Dave at Garfield Ridge at August 29, 2005 10:21 AM (y1hCN)
Posted by: Slublog at August 29, 2005 10:23 AM (Px80s)
Posted by: Dave at Garfield Ridge at August 29, 2005 10:45 AM (y1hCN)
Posted by: Slublog at August 29, 2005 10:53 AM (Px80s)
Posted by: at August 29, 2005 10:56 AM (Px80s)
Damn it, here I was late to the Rainbow Parties, and now I'm gonna be late to the Buffalo Hummer parties as well.
Posted by: Dave at Garfield Ridge at August 29, 2005 10:58 AM (y1hCN)
Pity. Still cool looking, though.
Posted by: Slublog at August 29, 2005 11:00 AM (Px80s)
Posted by: Tony at August 29, 2005 11:12 AM (dYcZw)
Posted by: Dman at August 29, 2005 12:17 PM (m2CN7)
They also have problems traveling across country, due to size and weight. Putting armor on a vehicle is a trade-off. Its mobility vs. protection. You can have a DPV and fly across the desert, or you can have an M1 tank and crawl along (relatively).
There are prototypes being tested at ONR (Office of Naval Research) but they're just test beds.
Posted by: Iblis at August 29, 2005 12:31 PM (9221z)
Posted by: Brian B at August 29, 2005 12:54 PM (CouWh)
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Posted by: Iblis at August 29, 2005 01:16 PM (9221z)
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Posted by: Andrea Harris at August 29, 2005 06:08 PM (b/4pC)
Can you h*n-dle a st*ck? Then there is no reason why you can't drive one of those big boys and either crush your enemies or im-p*le them on that cow catcher g*zm-o.
Posted by: at August 29, 2005 06:17 PM (9DYP0)
Posted by: at August 29, 2005 06:18 PM (9DYP0)
Handle, stick, im-pale, gizmo. You can still tell what the words are, so the joke isn't totally ruined.
Posted by: at August 29, 2005 06:22 PM (KUYsH)
I never figured it out. I tried changing each one and submitting it. Gizmo has to be one of the naughty words that ace won't allow, but I'm not sure what the other one in combination is.
It ruins the joke b/c it takes forever and you get so frustrated you want to punch the screen.
Posted by: at August 29, 2005 06:53 PM (9DYP0)
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