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Homeland Security Commissions LED-Based Puke-Saber

CmdrTaco posted more than 7 years ago | from the this-one-won't-cut-off-hands dept.

Biotech 378

E++99 writes "Homeland Security has contracted with Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc. to develop an "LED Incapacitator," a nonlethal weapon consisting of a large flashlight with a cluster of LEDs capable of emitting "super-bright pulses of light at rapidly changing wavelengths." Sounds innocuous enough... until they they shine "the evil color" at you and you start puking! A working prototype has been completed, and they will soon be putting it through its paces. Homeland Security hopes to give it to Border Patrol agents and National Guardsmen by 2010."

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Oh no! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20135399)

How will people defend themselves against this? I'm sure nobody will think of simply closing one's eyes!

Re:Oh no! (5, Funny)

magarity (164372) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135425)

How will people defend themselves against this?
 
Use the MAD method: Wear mirror sunglasses.

Re:Oh no! (2, Funny)

Skidge (316075) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135699)

"My eyes! The goggles do nothing!"

Re:Oh no! (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20135873)

Please, learn to meme properly. Although it is a well-known fact that Rainier Luftwaffe Wolfcastle actually cries "The goggles do nothing" when starring his role as Radioactive Man, the precise Slashdot meme is commonly stated as "The goggles, they do nothing!". Please, report to the men at the door, where you will be asked to hand in your UID, geek card and, should that be the case, mirror goggles.

Plan B: Brown Noise (4, Funny)

MacDork (560499) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135735)

Sure, you can close your eyes, but you'd better hold your ears too. One of their elite researchers has discovered the brown noise [youtube.com]

;-)

I WANT A SICK-STICK! (2, Funny)

scosco62 (864264) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135401)

If only to pummel Tom Cruise with................

Re:I WANT A SICK-STICK! (2, Interesting)

PrescriptionWarning (932687) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135891)

maybe its more a weapon against obesity?

Urgh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20135405)

Puke sticks? Minority Report?

Other uses... (5, Insightful)

tectomorph (844828) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135407)

Wow, wait until the bulimics get hold of this on the black market!

This will work just great... (4, Funny)

Qubit (100461) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135411)

...as long as the bad guys aren't allowed to have mirrors.

Re:This will work just great... (1)

veganboyjosh (896761) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135429)

or sunglasses.

Or (1)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135661)

sunglasses.

Some people really don't think these things through very well.

Re:This will work just great... (1)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135707)

Or tinfoil hats, for that matter. (or mirrored sunglasses!)

Re:This will work just great... (1)

skuzzlebutt (177224) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135751)

flash forward to 2015: "Look at the clean shave on that guy...I smell TERRORIST!!!"

Re:This will work just great... (3, Insightful)

Oktober Sunset (838224) | more than 7 years ago | (#20136041)

Why would the bad guys need mirrors? They just invented a puke ray.

Sweet! (5, Interesting)

Daverd (641119) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135413)

How long till you can get this in a Java applet?

Re:Sweet! (1)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135577)

How long till you can get this in a Java applet?

No need to wait, its already in standard HTML: blink. ;)

Re:Sweet! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20135653)

Just browse a few pages on myspace...you'll get a similar nauseating effect.

Re:Sweet! (1)

jdogalt (961241) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135835)

+1

Re:Sweet! (4, Funny)

mikael (484) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135655)

Not Java, but here are some of the world's worst websites:

A full background rainbow color cycle going on: Accept Jesus Forever Forgotten [dokimos.org]

This site has a scrolling polka dot pattern: SoulWax [soulwax.com]

How not to make a website: The World's Worst Website? [angelfire.com]

Or just a really bad color scheme: Lubees Pump and Irrigation [lubees.com]

Re:Sweet! (0, Troll)

Propaganda13 (312548) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135713)

I prefer http://www.seizurerobots.com/ [seizurerobots.com]

I've used their flashing background on a multi monitor setup and my co-worker wouldn't stop talking about it. Of course, most of the things they said weren't very nice.

Anti-accessibility (4, Funny)

Valdrax (32670) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135823)

You could use it as some sort of anti-captcha for a social networking sight meant to be only used by blind people. If you can make it through the sign-in form, you get to join.

Take THAT all you people that don't put alt tags on your images!

(By the way, does the "evil color" work on colorblind people?)

Cover your eyes? (5, Interesting)

Arakageeta (671142) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135415)

...not that you'd be an effective terrorist with your eyes closed. BTW, is it wrong of me to want to see this used on large crowds?

Re:Cover your eyes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20135461)

Have fun in Gitmo you terrorist scum!

Two Words.... (5, Funny)

Danse (1026) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135541)

Superbowl. Jumbotron.

Re:Two Words.... (4, Funny)

Lehk228 (705449) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135601)

that would be epic

new years eve in NYC would be more epic, mount the light emitters ON THE BALL instead of normal lights

dupe (4, Funny)

InvisblePinkUnicorn (1126837) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135431)

Does it also work against editors who relentlessly post the same stories over and over again?

if only they were INTERESTING stories (4, Funny)

Quadraginta (902985) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135659)

Coming up next, Slashdot follows the troubling development of a nonlethal technological device for "controlling" troublesome individuals, consisting of two small metal or plastic bracelets joined by a short chain that can be "locked" around the suspect's hands, entirely preventing him from using them until someone "unlocks" the device with a special key.

On whom will this fiendish device be used? Are YRO at risk if this nasty little tool falls into the hands of border guards and police? What if someone immobilized by this device falls and hits his head because he can't break his fall with his hands? Will he sue? Doesn't this violate the Constitution somehow?

Changing wavelengths... (1)

phekno (719662) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135439)

So similar to the "brown note" but with puke. The orange-yellow-red-black-green-blue note (light)?

Re:Changing wavelengths... (2, Funny)

freakmn (712872) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135501)

I think you are referring to the technicolor yawn wavelength.

Re:Changing wavelengths... (2, Interesting)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135609)

I thought Adam & Jamie busted the whole "brown note" myth?

Re:Changing wavelengths... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20135831)

If you give much credence to that horrible show, I truly pity you. Even a child can point out the ridiculous flaws in their "experiments".

Re:Changing wavelengths... (1)

therufus (677843) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135963)

I promise I won't make any tubgirl references...

oh shit, too late ;)

Version 2.0 (1)

Reason58 (775044) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135443)

This version is only a slight improvement over the original prototype, which could beam scenes from Gigli directly into a person's retina from up to 2 miles.

Re:Version 2.0 (2, Funny)

JimboFBX (1097277) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135519)

This version is only a slight improvement over the original prototype, which could beam scenes from Gigli directly into a person's retina from up to 2 miles.
Apparently a new design requirement came up: "Make sure it works on Jennifer Lopez"

Minority Report (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20135447)

Much like the Sick Sticks used in the movie?

A What Saber? (5, Funny)

sickmtbnutcase (608308) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135451)

Puke, I am your father.

Not interested . . . yet (1)

KalElOfJorEl (998741) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135453)

When will this be available in key-chain form?

Great, so we're using Fox News for sources. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20135457)

Dear America: your tax dollars hard at work.

Just don't look at the fancy flashlights and you shouldn't get sick!

from the article (1)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135463)

from the link in the article:

"There are often confrontations at border crossings with suspected illegal aliens or drug runners," Lieberman says. "You don't want to hurt or kill them, just take them into custody. With this," he smiles, "they don't need to know English to comply."
and This fall, in Phase 2, researchers at Pennsylvania State University will test the LED Incapacitator on volunteers at the school's Institute of Nonlethal Defense Technology. Intelligent Optical Systems will use the test results to evaluate design features and tweak the strobe's pattern and colors. "There's one wavelength that gets everybody," says Lieberman. "Vlad calls it the evil color." Further tests are scheduled for the fall, and production could begin by December. By 2010, the LED Incapacitator could be in the hands of thousands of policemen, border agents, and National Guardsmen.

Re:from the article (4, Insightful)

ultracool (883965) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135695)

"There are often confrontations at border crossings with suspected illegal aliens or drug runners," Lieberman says. "You don't want to hurt or kill them, just take them into custody. With this," he smiles, "they don't need to know English to comply."

Wouldn't it be easier to just have border officials who spoke Spanish?

Re:from the article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20135819)

yes but that would require people to view people from Mexico as something other than "a wetback." this whole anti-foreigner sentiment has been around for like all of human history and that is basically what it boils down to. it is a lot easier to make a weapon to do the job where diplomacy/communication would also work.

Re:from the article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20135931)

Holy shit, PSU has something interesting for once? Wow, finally a reason to hate the university I attend slightly less.

Posting as an AC not because I'm massively trolling, but because I'm embarrassed to admit I go to that McUniversity.

Legal liability? (3, Insightful)

Coopjust (872796) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135467)

IANAL, but doesn't this device create some legal liability for security?
-Someone gets this device used on them. They have damage from stomach acid in their esophagus. They sue.
-They use this on someone who is sick (from another cause). They puke up blood/get sicker/die.
-(This is BS, but lawyers will sue for anything these days) "Psychological trauma" caused by the device.

Is it a reasonable expectation that the device may be used on you if you go to airport/border?

Re:Legal liability? (1)

badlikeacobra (903612) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135537)

Unfortunately, the one you rightly call BS is the one most likely to happen.

Re:Legal liability? (1)

jdigriz (676802) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135727)

*Anything* creates legal liability, including doing nothing (negligence). Lawyers and plaintiffs will sue anywhere they think they can make a buck. Redistributing capital is much easier than actually creating value.

Re:Legal liability? (2, Insightful)

AlexBirch (1137019) | more than 7 years ago | (#20136043)

How would this device differ from tasers, tear gas, or rubber bullets?

People have won lawsuits after the egregious/lethal application of tasers.

Construct plans and make them public (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20135475)

Watch http://youtube.com/watch?v=a_sJAKq799s [youtube.com] if you need to be convinced. We need to duplicate this technology and distribute plans to activist groups so that they can be turned on the police the instant they're turned on us. Any patriots that work for the commission on Slashdot? Post any specs anonymously under this post.

Re:Construct plans and make them public (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20135615)

Sure, I'd be jumping to help the assholes who make my life harder in the name of trying to force everyone to be a vegan...

Short on details, long on imagination (1)

mcrbids (148650) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135489)

So, let me get this straight...

Some vendor comes up with an implausible-sounding "weapon" based on what is little more than a glorified LED flashlight, now available online for about $20. They describe how it's a "non-lethal weapon", and need bajillions of BUXORZ to "ensure adequate performance".

Forgive me if I'm a bit the skeptic... but what really makes we want to puke about this is just what an incredibly OBVIOUS waste of money this is! How much money are we going to pay to have somebody put together a blinky-circuit and some $0.05 LED lights together with a soldering iron to make a flashlight to let their kids play with?

Perhaps the most dazzling display of 'tardedness I've seen this month!

OHZZ NOES! THEY ST0RM TRUOPORZ COMING WITH DE LITES!@!!@!@!@# CLOSE YER EYEZ!!!

sigh...

Re:Short on details, long on imagination (2, Insightful)

DogDude (805747) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135935)

I'd rather see my tax money wasted on something like this instead of wasted on new ways to slaughter more people even faster.

do not want (2, Funny)

MonorailCat (1104823) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135493)

Why do I feel its only a matter of time till the design leaks out and dick teenagers start buying them on ebay and carrying them around. I hope this doesn't work as advertised.

Re:do not want (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20136003)

"Why do I feel its only a matter of time till the design leaks out and dick teenagers start buying them on ebay and carrying them around." Probably because your a hater who's particular fetish is teenagers who buy things on ebay. But that's just a guess.

How will we protect ourselves? (5, Funny)

El Icaro (816679) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135505)

We definitely need some kind of device to shield our eyes from this "light". As I understand a practical way would be just covering our eyes, we could shape them as glasses! Not only that, but it could protect us from the suns blinding rays... I suggest we call this device "sunglasses" to deceive others of its true purpose!

Now if someone just invented these "sunglasses"...

Re:How will we protect ourselves? (1)

dontgetaol (793010) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135573)

woah! hey you're talking about some complicated stuff there. Don't you think these 'glasses' are a bit beyond our time?

Re:How will we protect ourselves? (1)

Associate (317603) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135761)

No! I think he's on to something! I was reading something in a beyond tomorrow mag about this new technology called 'polarization'. Apparently you can filter the amount of sunlight using it. I don't know exactly how it works, but it has something to do with really headdy physics. Something about light being a particle AND a wave. I bet you could not only cut the amount of light, but filter certain colors. But that all is of course theoretical.

HA! I already have a working prototype! (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135697)

These babies will be in the stores while you are still grappling with appropriate level of darktitude bhay-gn-flay-vn.

Re:How will we protect ourselves? (2, Funny)

MrLint (519792) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135807)

Perhaps a better solution would be Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses?

My future's so bright (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20135507)

I gotta wear shades. (Timbuk3 IIRC)

hmmm... I wonder who they will hire... (5, Funny)

cez (539085) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135509)

to clean up all the puke at the borders?

Re:hmmm... I wonder who they will hire... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20135593)

the same illegal immigrants they're trying to repress?

Probably those same people ... (1)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135777)

I wonder who they will hire...to clean up all the puke at the borders?

Probably those same people who put up the friendly warnings when somebody PISOs on the MOHADO.

I wear my sunglasses at night... (1)

Oyume (464420) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135515)

So, I suppose that mirrored sunglasses are about to make a comeback...

Nail in the coffin (2, Insightful)

acidrain69 (632468) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135531)

And if anyone still believes this stuff is all about stopping terrorism, you are an idiot. This is all about controlling the domestic herd.

The good and the bad (5, Insightful)

Chairboy (88841) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135545)

While non-lethal technology has the potential to be fantastic, there's a downside to be considered too.

With a gun, there's a certain level of commitment before it's used. An officer of the law must make a determination that he or she is really certain about before shooting, because hitting an innocent person is absolutely unacceptable. As a result, the tendency is to, unless there's no option, NOT shoot someone if you can hold them at bay with the THREAT of shooting. A side effect of this is that an officer given a bad order to shoot is much more likely to abstain, because once he pulls the trigger, it's all over.

As a result, innocent folks are often held at gunpoint until their identity/non-criminalness is confirmed. While traumatic and stressful, this is better than an alternative that's growing increasingly common:

Enter, the taser. Potentially a wonderful tool for stopping an attacker without permanently injuring them, doctrine has instead developed in many police and security departments to 'Zap first, ask questions later'. The 'non-injurious' aspect of the tool means that the bar is that much lower on whether or not to shoot, because "after all, if they're innocent, then it's just a bit of discomfort".

The growing number of non-lethal tools is on the surface a good, even GREAT thing. The real danger though, is a long term one. With the bar set so low, more and more people will be subject to excruciating pain, and eventually, this technology may evolve into a tool of even greater oppression of liberty than anything we have now.

Imagine if a protest can be casually broken up by making everyone vomit or crap themselves uncontrollably. If the government has the ability to casually stop groups of people from coming together or otherwise detaining them while being able to argue "it's not fatal, it's just uncomfortable", then the bar on violating our rights as citizens drops too.

So I'm interested and optimistic about the technologies, but I desperately hope that better effort is invested in making them a net positive for all of humanity and not the boot that might otherwise grind our faces into the dirt.

Re:The good and the bad (4, Informative)

Hijacked Public (999535) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135943)

Police in the US have been using lights as weapons for a long time, and the military before them. The intent hasn't been to make suspects puke or crap or anything, just disoriented. Flashbangs are an example, weaponlights, etc. Light is generally an effective way to gain an upper hand and apart from a few sympathetic finger responses from guys using the Surefire/Rogers technique there is little physical collateral damage.

You are correct in that non-lethal control measures are 'easier' to implement. But I think that once the decision is made to bring a situation under control, it is going to happen regardless. Maybe I just don't trust cops, but it seems like once things go bad they go the whole way. If firehoses are at hand, they bring out the firehoses. Tasers, clubs, rubber bullets, PIT maneuvers, etc etc.

Whatever it takes.

Puke Saber? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20135549)

this makes me sick

The epilepsy gun? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20135561)

Somehow, I REALLY doubt that this thing will work. It might have some effect on a test subject in a lab, who is being paid to look into the beam until he pukes, but in the field, people are going to shield their eyes or look away (or wear mirror sunglasses).

Personally, I'd suggest sticking with pepper spray...

details are emerging (1)

nuzak (959558) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135585)

An anonymous source with details on the "puke saber", which incapacitates its victims with displays of color, was quoted, "Our maximum setting is called apache.slashdot.org"

Re:details are emerging (1)

FutureDomain (1073116) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135685)

Are you sure it's not omgponies.slashdot.org?

Re:details are emerging (1)

ericferris (1087061) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135933)

Noo! NOT TEH PURPELLL! PLEASE!

Ye gods, these weapon designers have minds of pure evil.

Morality of this? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20135591)

There has to be a real question here of morality and the rules of engagement for such a device. There seems to be a growing tide of opinion that as long as a weapon is "non-lethal", i.e. it won't kill you or leave behind long-term effects then it is magically fine to use in a very wide range of situations. Real questions have to be asked at some stage as to the *morality* of allowing widespread use of something that makes you sick/shocks you/blinds you purely on the basis that "it has no long term effects and allows us to subdue people" - so does a kick in the face, but I don't see officers doing that (unless they are caught on camera in which case the get suspended then eventually let off).

LED grow lights (1)

future assassin (639396) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135603)

I can see how this will work although I'm not sure what will happen to the victims eyes with long expsures. I work in a hydroponics store and I brought in a LED light array (eqivelant to 400W) just to see how it worked. Looking straight onto the led's is soo bright that you cant look at it for more then a few seconds with out getting blured vision. But if you look at it at a slight angle the light intensity is diminished quite a bit.

non-lethal != A-OK (3, Insightful)

rastoboy29 (807168) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135607)

Somehow these non-lethal weapons scare me more than more lethal ones. Because they are perceived as "lesser" weapons, they get used more often.

And we don't need to be using weapons on each other more often, but less.

The Stomach is Strong in this one! (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135629)

Search your gut feelings, you know this feeling of queasyness to be true.

Give in to the White side of the Toilet.

Laws (1)

bobcat7677 (561727) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135639)

Well, if there is going to be a proliferation of "non-lethal weapons", I say we level the playing field by passing a law that removes any legal distinction between "lethal" and "non-lethal" weapons. Therefore, if I shoot someone with a "non-lethal" weapon, I am charged the same as if I had shot them with a conventional weapon. And if someone shoots at me with a "non-lethal" weapon, I can legally shoot back with a conventional weapon to defend myself. Thats fair right?

Re:Laws (1)

Wog (58146) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135865)

So now next time some drunk shoves a police officer, the officer can respond by shooting said drunk until he expires?

You'd also have to tweak it so that I can draw my pistol from concealment and shoot the guy who just shoved me. Sounds great, don't it? You do realize that it would have to work both ways, right?

Because that's why I carry my non-lethal OC spray: I'd hate to have to shoot some idiot just because he wanted to get into a fistfight and make me an unwilling participant.

Here's a tidbit about that "tilted" playing field you perceive: In most places, assault with a non-lethal weapon is still assault. There is and very well should be a special distinction for "assault with a deadly weapon."

Visual equivalent of the "brown note"? (1)

whoever57 (658626) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135647)

So is this the visual equivalent of the Brown note [wikipedia.org] ? Let's hope it works better.

Other comments regarding mirrors and sunglasses (and presumably, sunglasses with mirror lenses) would seem to be equivalent of those pictures of Daleks encountering staircases.

Re:Visual equivalent of the "brown note"? (1)

db32 (862117) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135849)

I was hoping someone had noticed the similarities. There was a wonderful South Park episode featuring this.

heck with INS, I want one for mobile phone drivers (1)

Locutus (9039) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135681)

Keeping it locked and loaded the next time I cross the street. When another mobile phone using driver turns the corner and starts toward me, there'll be puke on her/his steering wheel and dashboard.

Gotta head over to MakeZine.com to see if there's already a kit for this.

LoB

They'll never give it to border patrol agents (0, Flamebait)

Proudrooster (580120) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135701)

There is no way border patrol agents are going to get these LED weapons. In the USA the government prosecutes and locks up any Border Patrol agents who defend our country [blogspot.com] from drug smugglers and the hordes that are entering illegally. This reasoning is just smoke and mirrors to spend money on a new toy developed by a "friend" of the current administration. It's time to spend our money to fix the national infrastructure (bridges) and give the border patrol agents rifles with scopes and land mines.

That's really sick.... (1)

3seas (184403) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135717)

...Go ahead and shine it at me and I fire back with puke,,,,

Who si the loser here?

The Puke Saber (1)

Timberwolf0122 (872207) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135725)

A graceful weapon from a more civilised age. Not as random or clumsy as a puke blaster

Re:The Puke Saber (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#20135859)

Hmm, the "puke blaster"? Does it blast puke/vomit on the victim? :-)

Sounds More Like... (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135745)

Sounds more like something for amusement park thrill rides.

What makes me want to puke (1)

Cracked Pottery (947450) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135753)

is that we have people at responsible levels in our government who are either stupid enough to get sucked in by this sort of fraud, or are just plain corrupt. I have a copper bracelet for them that just works wonders on arthritis.

So I'm confused here... (3, Insightful)

dyslexicbunny (940925) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135773)

"There's one wavelength that gets everybody," says IOS President Bob Lieberman. "Vlad [IOS top scientist Vladimir Rubtsov] calls it 'the evil color.'"
Perhaps I misunderstand the functionality of the device because the article says earlier that the device works as:

The handheld device using light-emitting diodes to emit super-bright pulses of light at rapidly changing wavelengths, causing disorientation, nausea and even vomiting in whomever it's pointed at.
Bob claims that Vlad says there's an "evil" color that gets everyone. But the description of the device uses pulses of light at varying wavelengths to cause the effect. So if there's only one wavelength, then why do they need to change the light?

Couldn't I just pull up into Home Depot's color center and have them make paint in the "evil" color and use it for whatever (pranks, revenge, robbery)?

Brown Note (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135775)

The pukesaber's Ipod jack lets it project the Brown Note [wikipedia.org] that causes an equal and opposite reaction in its targets.

I assume (1)

tfoss (203340) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135781)

that the people who make this aren't idiots, but....sunglasses?

-Ted

Is there a way.. (1)

MrSteveSD (801820) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135785)

To rig this technology up to George Bush's autocue? That would be fun :)

obligiatory (1)

sirknz (955428) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135801)

Don't go into the light Carrol Anne.

What about epilepsy ? (4, Interesting)

aepervius (535155) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135803)

Would not that be quite dangerous for epileptic ? What about an epileptic, getting a crisis AND omitting at the same time. Guaranteed drowning in one own puke, followed by a civil lawsuit against the government? What about other condition which could threaten life if you start puking (I am not a biologist/doctor so there might be none but I ask) ?

A Real Use (3, Interesting)

aphxtwn (702841) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135821)

This might be good for poison control as an emetic with no side-effects. Combined with activated charcoal, this could save lives.

The puke ray (2, Funny)

Bloater (12932) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135877)

They've been watching too much powerpuff girls.

Headlights (3, Funny)

PPH (736903) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135919)

That'll teach those slowpokes not to hog the left lane.

I see a new market here (1)

hacker (14635) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135925)

They have the LED Puke-Saber...

Shortly afterwards, special contact lenses that filter the "puke color" out are developed, neutralizing the effects.

four words (1)

Loconut1389 (455297) | more than 7 years ago | (#20135927)

One-way mirror sunglasses!

Re:four words (1)

Loconut1389 (455297) | more than 7 years ago | (#20136021)

err two-way mirror? (you know, for lineups/interrogations)

please to be renaming (1)

SaberTaylor (150915) | more than 7 years ago | (#20136007)

Please to be renaming to Lance-Puke or Javelin-Puke or Dirk-Puke.

kthx.
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