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Anti-Taser clothes.

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Skybuck Flying, Mar 28, 2009.

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  1. Hello,

    The Netherlands is also introducing the "taser-gun".

    To protect ourselfes from unnecessary deaths "anti-taser cloths" would be
    nice ;)

    What would be required for anti-taser clothes ?

    Metal/Iron stuffings ? ;)

  2. Tim Williams

    Tim Williams Guest

    They already make stainless-steel-fiber faraday jackets (worn by high
    tension line workers, the kind that get a helicopter ride to work).
    Good old chain mail and metal armor would both work as well.

  3. Metal/Iron conducts electricity... so that doesn't sound so good ;)

    On the other hand it's hard material... tasers seem to work with needles
    that need to penetrate something first.

    However maybe very hard plastics that don't (or hardly) conduct any
    eletricity would be a better/safer bet ;)

    In case tasers get some kind of sticky plugs or so ;)

    However then again 40.000 to 60.000 volts seem quite a lot...

    Maybe under such circumstances even plastics becomes conductive ?

  4. I did not realize that the taser fires two pointed electrodes and
    administers a special waveform designed to cause involuntary muscle
    contractions that effectively immobilize an assailant. I found this
    reference from the Wiki:

    It seems that highly conductive clothing might render the device less
    effective by essentially shorting the output, which must be current limited
    to something like 20 to 100 mA. I can't imagine it being able to supply
    more than about 100 watts, which would be only 2 mA at 50kV. Perhaps it
    uses a series of high power, short duration bursts. But if conductive
    clothing would have a resistance of perhaps 100 ohms between any two likely
    points of entry of the darts, then it would take one amp to get 100 volts.
    However, if the darts have only a small exposed conductive tip, and good
    insulation that also penetrates the skin, conductive clothing would not
    help. But I doubt the darts would penetrate even 20 gauge steel, and if
    your armor is grounded then you would be protected in case one dart sticks
    to it and the other lands on the ground.

    Maybe some means of automatically sensing the location of the insertion,
    and then having a robotically controlled wire cutter deployed to sever the
    wires, might be the way to go.

    Another deterent to anyone attempting to use a taser might be to wear a
    vest of explosives and electrically controlled detonators. You would be
    blown up, but it would also take out whoever tased you, and his buddies.

  5. Jim Yanik

    Jim Yanik Guest

    Number One;prevent the darts from penetrating to your skin.
    thick leather would suffice.

    #2; insulate discharge from your skin.
    #3; provide alternate path for discharge.
  6. Sylvia Else

    Sylvia Else Guest

    Which would be fine if police were only allowed to use a taser on a
    person whom they could otherwise justifiably shoot. But we've clearly
    seen tasers being used in situations where the victim is merely being
    uncooperative. And some deaths have resulted.

  7. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

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