Police first began using Tasers as a way to take down suspected criminals without resorting to guns. But as controvery mounted over the years as to whether Tasers might actually be deadly, police and advocates looked for an alternative.
It looks like they might have found it, in the so-called “Dazer Laser,” developed by Mercerville, N.J.-based Laser Energetics.
It’s no secret that Tasers hurt. A lot.
But their greatest advantage has always been that they’re not lethal. The Dazer Laser doesn’t physically harm you, but it does temporarily impair vision, and may also cause nausea.
This device looks like gun, but instead of bullets, it shoots out a bright green laser beam. The flash temporarily blinds someone, and creates confusion, disorientation and even nausea. The Dazer Laser is powerful enough to blast through eyelids and work more than a mile away, but does not cause permanent damage.
A study from an independent organization, Nevyas Eye Associates and the Delaware Valley Laser Surgery Institute, says the Dazer Laser is safe to human eyes as close as six feet away.
I must admit, the second nonlethal force option, does look a lot more preferable to me in a confrontational situation. Not sure however, if you are being physically charged by a combative individual, intent on causing you grievous bodily harm, how effective such an option would be…
In THAT instance, I would probably still go for the Taser, but I must admit, for all other scenarios?
The Dazer Laser does indeed look like a viable, practical option.
Great job technology – I am chalking this one up for you in the win column. It is definitely deserved.