The US military recently completed tests of a small laser device that can transmit voice commands, heat the target’s skin strongly, and disorient a person with random noise..
The new non-lethal weapon is designed to contain and stun members of an out-of-control crowd or opponents. It is multifunctional and has at least three use cases..
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The first mode allows you to remotely transmit voice commands, warning people to stop certain actions, or informs specific instructions. It is based on a photoacoustic effect that transmits sound waves using a laser and transmits human speech that resembles a voice from a distant loudspeaker. A special algorithm adjusts the wavelength.
The same laser can be aimed at a specific person to point heating of his skin, but without burning. According to the developers, with such an impact, people feel severe discomfort and retreat almost immediately..
The third mode allows you to use the laser as an endless flash grenade. The device can create loud noises to deter, confuse and disorient people. The installation can repeatedly generate flashes with a frequency of about 155 dB, which is much more effective than standard grenades..
The military plans to release a field version of the device in the next five years. During this time, engineers will increase the range from short range to several kilometers..
Application of lasers long is not limited to containment. Recently France stated that by 2030 equip its military satellites with automatic and laser weapons.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: cloudfront