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N C More
2005-Sep-09, 09:40 PM
Now this is really cool! (http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/technovel_nugget_050804.html) Life imitates art.

Halcyon Dayz
2005-Sep-10, 08:29 AM
Does it go buzzzzz (http://members.chello.nl/a.romer1/Sounds/tricorde.wav)?

jkmccrann
2005-Oct-26, 03:40 PM
Another case of science-fiction leading the way....

Cool device, but I think they need to get one of the mobile-phone manufacturers to spruce up the device a little bit.

Swift
2005-Oct-26, 03:46 PM
"Fascinating"
;)

publiusr
2005-Oct-26, 07:36 PM
"I've got mail! I've got mail!"

Somebody take the tricorder away from Special Ed--and the phaser!--and the phaser!!

N C More
2005-Oct-28, 11:33 PM
Did somebody say they were interested in a phaser? (http://www.hsvt.org/)


HSV Technologies Inc., of San Diego, California is developing a non-lethal weapon that uses ultraviolet laser beams to harmlessly immobilize people and animals at a distance. The Phaser-like device uses two beams of UV radiation to ionize paths in the air along which electrical current is conducted to and from the target. In effect, the beams create wires through the atmosphere wherever they are pointed.


http://www.cosgan.de/images/midi/boese/e070.gif

novaderrik
2005-Oct-28, 11:37 PM
wow.. so phasers are gonna be a reality.
and, if it works like the short description in the previous post, it would explain why no one ever hits the intended target unless they are a good guy hopelessly outnumbered by bad guys..

gopher65
2005-Oct-30, 02:40 AM
wow.. so phasers are gonna be a reality.
and, if it works like the short description in the previous post, it would explain why no one ever hits the intended target unless they are a good guy hopelessly outnumbered by bad guys..

Duh! That just means you have more targets!;)

Damburger
2005-Oct-31, 03:00 PM
Phasers won't be in production for a while yet, due to a major design problem yet to be overcome. Apparantly, other electromagnetic radiation produces enough ionisation in the air to divert the beam. Specifically, anything that emits or even reflects lots of red light may end up being hit by the beam even if it wasn't fired at them.

publiusr
2005-Nov-02, 07:58 PM
That explains why the Red Shirts bought it all the time on Star Trek.

Hey! No more Red Lights!