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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Quantum Weapons (Part IV) Human Remote Control

I decided to write about the possibility of Quantum Weapons, or sometimes called Quantum Potential Weaponry. The first weapon I will talk about, are scalar weapons. With each of the presentations of Quantum Weapons, I must preface that I am simply stating a thoery, and evidence of the possibility of a weapon of this kind being created. Usually, these types of weapons are followed by conspiracy nuts, and for good reason. A weapon that utilizes quantum science will be very much ahead of it's time, and will give it a sci-fi feel to it. Quantum weaponry usually falls under the catagory of "doomsday" weapons for their general bias towards mass distruction. I do not claim any of these weapons exist or have ever existed, but allow for the knowledge that they could exist.

I want to tell you about two items that are being developed, that when applied to each other can make a very good security device... or weapon, depending on how you see it.

The first technology, which is currently in use, and improving by the day, is the LRAD, or Long Range Aucustic Devince. This product does exactly what it says. It creates a long rage audio signal. This has a different twist though: no speakers are involved. At least no speakers in the traditional sense. It sends a narrow beam which is heard only in the target destination. By this, if you stand a food away from the beam, you can hardly hear it. Today this is being used to debilitate rioters or pirates.

For the technocrats out there, the parameter "ka", which is the "wave number" (2*pi*f) times speaker radius, is often used to characterize sound source directivity. For the LRAD source, ka=19 at 2.5kHz, and according to the LRAD data sheet, the beam angle of LRAD is 30 degrees total.

Carl Gruenler, former vice president of the government-production division American Technology Corp, says the the device is utilized up to distances of 300 yards, but can probably be pushed further. Gruenler also admits that the device is powerful enough to cause permanent auditory damage, but that it is only meant to be used for a few seconds at a time.

Now, this weapon does have other methods of operation. It can be used to send a powerful message. When attached to a Palm Pilot with accompaning software, it can send out messages in 36 languages, stating comands such as "put down your weapon."

Now, the second product is much more science fiction. Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp., Japans top telephone company, has tested a human remote control. The plan for this is to make video games more realistic. But of course, when "human remote control" comes into mind, most people think of sinister applications.

With this tool, which has a working beta, a special headset is used, which sends very low voltage electrical current from the back of ones ears. At the moment, the controls are limited to left or right.

USA Today reporter Yuri Kageyama, had this to say about the experience. "I found the experience unnerving and exhausting: I sought to step straight ahead but kept careening from side to side. Those alternating currents literally threw me off." Further, "The phenomenon is painless but dramatic. Your feet start to move before you know it...There's no proven-beyond-a-doubt explanation yet as to why people start veering when electricity hits their ear. But NTT researchers say they were able to make a person walk along a route in the shape of a giant pretzel using this technique."

Now, when combining the two technologys into low frequency aucustics as opposed to electricity, one may be able to move crowds in certain direction... or make rioters stand still...

This is a long way off, as human remote controlling is still way in its beta stages.

Part III, Ionospheric Heaters
Part II, Woodpecker Grid
Part I, Scalar Howitzer

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