Using shock tactics

Having written for the last couple of weeks about the latest electronic gadgets on display at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I had intended to move on to something else today.

That was before I came across a gadget so compelling that I decided I had to share it with you. It’s the one gadget I’ve seen in recent times that I would buy in a heartbeat if I were allowed to import one and could convince my bank manager how badly I needed it.

Other gadgets, such as GPS units, compact notebook PCs, digital video recorders and flat screen televisions would all be nice to have, as far as I’m concerned. When it comes to Taser’s stun gun (www.taser.com) with leopard skin-finish and musical holster, however, we’re talking actual need instead of mere desire.

It would be hard to imagine a more useful combination which, according to the blurb, “offers you both security and music while on the go”. Sounds absolutely ideal to me.

You can get the 15cm, 150g Taser C2 in Leopard, Red Hot, Fashion Pink and Black Pearl finishes at the bargain price of $349. It works by firing two darts, which are attached to the gun with wires, and shocking the hell out of the target with electricity from the built-in battery pack.

The idea is that the electric shock temporarily incapacitates an attacker allowing the user time to run away. The unit can be used against targets up to 4,5m away and hitting something at that rage is made a lot easier by the built-in laser sighting system.

I guess the hope is that one will never need to use such a device but the same doesn’t go for the $72.99 holster with the built-in MP3 player. With 1GB of memory, it won’t be able to hold your entire music collection but it should hold enough of a selection of tunes to get you through the day.

I reckon users would be wise to choose a selection of tracks to keep them calm and to avoid songs like Things That Go Bump In The Night or Mack The Knife. I Will Survive, by Gloria Gaynor, should be probably be included to be listened to if the you-know-what hits the fan.

The effectiveness of the technology was shown when Sky News recently showed footage of it being tested on North Wales’ notorious Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom. Luckily for him, someone caught him before he hit the ground.

I first became aware of that there were consumer-model Tasers at womenonguard.com, which is a site with advice and equipment for women to use to defend themselves. Three pepper spray lipsticks for the price of two; that sort of thing.

One gem on the site was a video with a dead-serious person demonstrating the Taser C2 by zapping a picture of Osama Bin Laden. I’m not sure what tune she was playing to herself at the time.

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