ok :| WOW sometimes the gadgets and toys you see in a Hollywood show REALLY are THAT easy to build. I’m talking about the home made taser gun, made out of a disposable camera and I first saw it on Burn Notice.
So I previously blogged about a laser alarm system I’m working on. I’m still stuck with it…although today a colleague of mine came up with a funky idea to turn the alarm on/off but I’ll blog about that when it’s finished. So getting back to the homemade taser gun. I saw a episode of Burn Notice where they quickly make such a device out of a disposable camera…and guess what tonight I just made one myself. It only took me like 2 hours or so(mainly cause I’m still a noob when it comes to soldering stuff). How to build it is explained in the book I mention in the previous article…but it can also be resumed to the following:
- take the camera apart(be careful to NOT touch the capacitor, it looks like a AAA battery)
- Discharge the capacitor by short circuiting it(touch both ends with a single screwdriver which is coated with plastic/rubber).
- Solder two new wires in each hole where the capacitor was connected
- You are done
Now that wasn’t that hard was it ? I mean like WTH!!! Additionally you could make it all look more slick and stuff…but the above will do just fine for testing purposes. Here is how mine looks like currently:
The spikes you see on the left are just to make it look more like a taser gun. Now this is wicked stuff. I never imagined hardware projects could be done so fast and actually have them do what they should do! For the curious ones:
NO I AM NOT GOING TO TEST THIS ON A HUMAN BEING!!!
The only way I am going to test this is by measuring how much distance there is needed between the cables before a spark jumps over. The bigger the distance the bigger the shock. According to the book a 1.5volt battery delivers like 1000volt charge, that sounds pretty painful to me.
oh and a disclaimer:
THE CAPACITOR IS REALLY DANGEROUS I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INJURIES YOU OBTAIN AND I DO NOT ENCOURAGE ANYONE TO BUILD IT UNLESS THEY HAVE SOME EXPERIENCE WITH ELECTRICAL STUFF
7 thoughts on “Burn Notice toy…is really THAT easy to build!”
Its not as strong as most actual tasers. And using it on someone who has much military training ( in tasers) is not suggested. But the average joe would know they were tased and would not want to try it again.
I hate to rain on your parade but that capacitor is not going to store enough juice to stop someone from kicking your ass unless that person is 8 years old, or has polio or something.
Open up a stun gun (though we’ve been using the word “taser” the device attempted above is not a ranged weapon) and look at those caps. Even cheeseball stunners that don’t work reliably release an order of magnitude more amperage than a use-n-lose flash camera. The only way this device could be useful would be to use many of them in parallel fired by a counting/tiiming circuit. One of those cheap “Knight Rider” types of novelty dashboard lights (oscillating leds) with the lights replaced by relays or something. Though I’ve never seen a relay that could be actuated by tiny led current loads I’m sure they make them somewhere.
Basically the idea is to artificially stimulate muscle contraction via rapid succession of electrical pulses applied directly to the skin. Stun guns are basically muscle crampers. But this would be more like a muscle confuser or something. Once it’s no longer touching the person they’ll be able to resume the ass-kicking.
Of course, brass knuckles need no batteries.
I unintentionally touched the battery twice. It hurts, but I’m still alive.
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HOT! Now that sounds really nice…I was just really surprised on how easy it is. hmm slashing blades…that sounds to dangerous for me :p
Me and a friend got into making these a while back. They’re great fun. He made one with knife blades for electrodes to you could shock shit as you slashed it. ;)