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Pepper Spray Catches Your Attacker on Video

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Jack Rupert, PE
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Re: But at what cost?
Jack Rupert, PE   8/4/2012 4:39:14 PM
Great point fredsay.  It's a nice set of features if you are in law enforcement and are using it for riot control.  However, size and cost would be an issue for the average citizen.  Most people who carry pepper spray want a small, cheap can that can be easily slipped into a pocket and disposed of.  If you're willing to spend the money and carry something with more bells and whistles, there are other solutions.

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Nice Ideas
tekochip   8/3/2012 1:40:52 PM
Some nice ideas even if the entire feature list doesn't make it into production there are some good ideas here.

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Re: Anything to help
Cadman-LT   8/2/2012 5:33:31 PM
Oh, btw, my little old mom beat the guy off! She ended up in the hospital for awhile and as I said still suffers. She should have let him go. Anything that could have helped her fight would have been good.

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Anything to help
Cadman-LT   8/2/2012 5:30:12 PM
My mom was attacked when she was 70 years old. She still limps bad and is scared to go to certain places. I say anything that helps is good! Lots of good ideas on here as well.

William K.
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Pepper spray with the computer add-on
William K.   8/1/2012 10:50:02 PM
A much simpler way to provide a means of identifying the assailant would be to add dye to the pepper spary, like the dye banks use with the money packs they hand robbers. And how about a laser pointer to assist in aiming? A laser pointer allows most folks to be fairly accurate with a pistol, and it should be even more effective for aiming a pepoper spray device. Of course, my personal preference has ben a can of spray paint. IT is cheaper, you get a lot more for your money, it certainly marks the attacker, and it really burns in an attackers eyes. Does it bother me that I might be injuring an attacker? NO, it does not bother me at all. Of course, it is also important to not blast folks who are merely unpleasant looking. Judgement is still needed in that area.

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Re: Too Late
williamlweaver   8/1/2012 10:36:52 PM
I'm with you, ChasChas. I'm all for development of this product, but it should arrive around the same time as the commercial version of the Google Glasses. The personal "dash-cam" will be a very cost-effective product that streams audio and video via Bluetooth to your handheld that beams it into the cloud via 4G/5G...

I suspect that Google Glasses with a forward-facing camera could just as easily include rear/side facing cameras to alert you to overtaking bicycles, automobiles, or people. Just like there was an explosion of "software programmers" to take advantage of the arrival of personal computers, the arrival of integrated devices with oodles of sensors, ultra-wide bandwidth, and infinite storage, it will be difficult for app designers to keep up.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Use for litigation
Rob Spiegel   8/1/2012 5:51:36 PM
I wouldn't be surprised to see that, Ralphy Boy. Mobile security could adopt a wide range of applications. 

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bobjengr   8/1/2012 5:51:30 PM
 I have to agree on this one.  The costs must be substantial if all of the features are incorporated into the device.  I'm going to get in trouble here but my wife has a purse considerably bigger than Pittsburg yet finding anything in there is a daunting task, including her cell phone.  In her case, miniaturizing the pepper spray device would be detrimental.  Making it bigger might work.  I really wonder if the spray is that effective.  Does it work well enought to ward off an attacker and can an individual react quickly enough for it to be that useful?   The same is true for aiming the device.   Our police force carries spray but it's in an "industrial can", has a handle and even cross-hairs.  I'm told the contents are specifically formulated to be considerably stronger than spray purchased "off the shelf".  Does anyone know if this is the case? 

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Re: Use for litigation
phantasyconcepts   8/1/2012 4:55:00 PM
I can just see the ad now:


"Yes master?"

"Mace this jackass"

"Macing this jackass"

"Damn!  I had the gun backwards, you idiot Siri"

"Oh, you meant the other jackass.  Sorry.  Shall I call the police?"

Ralphy Boy
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Re: Use for litigation
Ralphy Boy   8/1/2012 3:34:34 PM
"I'd rather see this device be blue-tooth connected to my phone."

Coming soon... glasses/smart phone/camera/mace all in one. Upgrade to a full personal/device security suite that will video and mace any target... and call the police with one simple voice command.

The future is wide open.


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