I've never actually seen someone tase another person in front of me but my best friend has and she said that it definitely was not a pleasant sight. I can't imagine that it would be, either. Although it's definitely got its uses, it can cause a lot of pain while repeated blasts can impair a person's breathing and respiration. Then there are the laser dazzlers, another phaser which disarms individuals by way of temporary blindness which causes disorientation
So it was definitely pleasant to hear about the StunRay XL-2000 which is, by all means, less lethal than all of these other phasers. It doesn't use an electrical current or convert a whole lot of energy to visible light to disable you; instead, it functions more like a huge, extra-bright flashlight.
The StunRay XL-2000 is a product of Genesis Illumination and is classified as an
optical incapacitator. This newly-patented device works by flashing a
burst of high-intensity light that will render any person (preferably
the assailant or some other culprit) helpless.
So why would that stream of bright light incapacitate someone? It does so by causing inverse blindness, which is something that you might have already experienced once or twice in the past. In other words, it's what follows after you've looked directly at a really bright light for a minute or two. You experience this because the exposure to the light has overloaded the neural networks connected to your retina, resulting in your surroundings appearing as a completely expansive pool of whiteness.
The inventor of the device, Todd Eisenberg, explains: "It's the inverse
of blindness--the technical term is aloss of contrast sensitivity. The
typical response is for the person to freeze."
The StunRay XL-2000 consists of a 75-watt lamp, that, when applied with the proper optics, collects and refocuses the light into an intense targeted beam. The recovery time is estimated to be from seconds to twenty minutes, with the product page leveling it to an average of 5 minutes. It also enjoys a considerable advantage over taser guns because it can be used even at a range of 150 feet, whereas the latter works best at a range from 12 to 15 feet.
Here's a short clip of the StunRay being used on an unfortunate test subject:
The official site of Genesis Illumination lists down the following applications for the StunRay XL-2000:
- Non-lethal applications - Non-lethal and less-lethal optical
incapacitation for handheld and vehicle mounted use offering a continuum
of escalating response
- Illuminator applications - Extreme intensity long-range visual illumination
- Infrared applications - High-intensity, long-range invisible IR illumination/intensification
- Ship protection applications - Anti-piracy solutions for
surveillance, monitoring, warning and suppression on ships, patrol
boats, and oil platforms
You can visit the site of Genesis Illumination here: StunRay XL-2000.