Tuesday, June 14, 2011



Seen this? A gauntlet made of cotton, Nomex and Kevlar, rigged with fun electronic toys, including a stun gun, laser-pointing videocam, a noisemaker, option for an iPhone, and about to go into the field, courtesy of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department ...

The Armstar site encourages input from potential customers as to features they'd like to see.

Spetsdöd? Gravity knife? Vader grip?

Starts with an arm, then two, pretty soon the legs, next thing you know, Robocop.

Gotta love it. 


Jim said...

Neat idea. Very skeptical about how well it will work. Looks like the design team is kind of short on real police experience...

Among the problems I see is that it's bulky and doesn't really provide capabilities that aren't already available, often better, in stand alone devices.

There's also a public perception concern... Do we want cops looking like RoboCop?

I could see some version MAYBE for SWAT or riot control... but that's a big maybe.

Joshkie said...

Looks like something that would fall out of the sky and attach itself to some unsuspecting teenage boy or girl. Who would then ether go on killing rampage when they slept, or they would fight crime.


Kris said...

Great. We already have a problem with the overuse of stun guns, by law enforcement, in wildly inappropriate situations. Now there will be a bunch of guys, in their early 20's, that suckled off the teat of Hollywood all their lives, given Iron Man's left arm. What could go wrong?

However (sigh), part of me still wants one.

Stan said...

I'm not sure if this will lead to "RoboCops" or to the "Mobile Infantry" of Heinlein's "Starship Troopers."

Joe said...

Suggested movie script: law enforcement microcircuitry in the arm takes over the subconscious mind of the police officer. Soon the morgue is overflowing with terminated jaywalkers.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, bad idea. I've seen enough 80's sci-fi shows to know that when these things get struck by lightning they become self aware.