Our tools for extinguishing fire are almost as primitive as our forefathers who discovered it. Extinguishers that attempt to choke or disrupt the chemical reaction often do just as much damage, so DARPA's been working on a high-tech alternative.
J&R Fire has developed the PFE-1, a flashlight-sized (or fleshlight-sized) fire extinguisher that's easy to use with one hand. It's a one-time-use extinguisher that's activated by a single button and can shoot the coolant out 10 feet.
HalGuard's slick-looking fire extinguishers were originally developed for auto-racing. The "clean", electrically non-conductive cleaning agent they use, called Halotron 1, is perfect for not destroying wiring and electronics. It quickly transforms into a gas, leaving no icky residue after use.
Not that this fire extinguisher can help a lot, anyway. [Thanks Oscar!]
Sentences beginning in "What if we got a flamethrower and..." usually result in horrible, moronic, burnt disaster. But we're glad director Tomas Mankovsky threw caution to the fiery wind to see what happens when a flamethrower meets a fire extinguisher.
The Rovio is the most promising webcam-wielding robot out there that, sadly, we don't exploit because of conscience. But one modder has tweaked the otherwise pervy spybot to become a brave and loyal firefighter.
This rugged fire-extinguisher concept contains both an oxygen supply to help you breathe and exploding powder pellets that you roll, grenade-like, into a fire to put it out at a distance. We're slightly worried at the idea of having an oxygen tank near lots of flames, but hey ho, it's great that designer Woo Seok Park…
A team of Hungarian engineers have created the ultimate fire extinguisher. They've removed the gun turrets from an old Russian tank, replaced them with 2 turbines from a MiG-21 fighter jet, and injected the whole thing with gallons of water. The result is the first ever jet-powered fire extinguisher. Though it'd be…
If only this were full-sized, it would make for the best pranks.
"John, toss me the extinguisher!"
"Don't be a hero."
"I wasn't put on this earth to sit in a cubicle all day...tell my kids I love them."
"I need to - get the hell out of here while you still can."
"Ok, here's the extinguisher...good luck in…
The fact that a fire extinguisher saves lives should be enough for people to have at least one in their homes. But nooo, even the humble fire extinguisher has to look good and match your contemporary modern decor. This PinQy is only 5.5-inches tall, apparently the smallest fire extinguisher ever (um, this is a good…