Project X

 Posted by on 13 August 2009 at 11:01 pm  Technology
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Am I wrong to think that this pain ray bears a disturbing resemblance to Project X in Atlas Shrugged?

The so-called “Active Denial System” works by heating the outer surface of the target’s skin using millimeter waves — short wavelength microwaves. The effect is painful, but generally harmless, and forces the target to get out of the beam. …

[The Silent Guardian] is Active Denial in a box, a 10,000-pound containerized system that can be mounted on a ship, a truck, or a fixed installation. It’s got an effective range of about 250 meters. The beam has a power of around 30 kilowatts.

Unlike “Project X,” this device won’t kill a person. Yet it seems like just the kind of device that some statist government might like to use to control … say … unruly “mobs” of protesters.

   
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