How the Taser Was Invented

Early use of an electronic control device, like the TASER, by law enforcement occurred in the 1960s when American police officers used electric cattle prods to disperse Civil Rights activists. As for the earliest cattle prods, this came about when inventor John Burton of Wichita, Kansas received a patent (US427549 A)… » 10/07/14 8:00am 10/07/14 8:00am

Slow motion video captures people's faces as they get hit with tasers

Photographer Patrick Hall took a series of portraits of people getting hit with a 300,000-volt taser. What's even better: He also made a super-slow-motion video of the process for our enjoyment. » 8/26/14 6:46am 8/26/14 6:46am

This Week in Time Capsules: Florida Sends a Taser to 2064

This week we have an incredibly old glass capsule that was smashed open in London, a grunge-era capsule unearthed at a Washington McDonald's, and a huge new capsule in Florida that may shock you. » 3/28/14 4:51pm 3/28/14 4:51pm

Meet CUPID: The Drone That Will Shoot You With an 80,000 Volt Taser

Are drones not scary enough for you yet? How about this? A drone helicopter that spots you and identifies you as an intruder. It tells you to stop and put your hands behind your head. Instead, you keep coming. The drone then shoots you with barbed Taser darts that pump 80,000 volts into you. If you try to get up, it… » 3/07/14 6:40pm 3/07/14 6:40pm

Haha, Watch a Taser Do Absolutely Nothing to a Candle

I don't know why I enjoy this quick little video so much but I've watched it over and over. It's probably because anything involving a taser is always hilarious unless you're the person the taser wants to involve. It's probably also because even though a taser can turn a grown man into a baby, it cannot do anything… » 5/14/13 11:00pm 5/14/13 11:00pm

Dear Police: Please Stop Tazing Pregnant Women

These days, there isn't much the cops can't taze you for—exercising your First Amendment rights, cutting in line at McDonalds, even just not signing your speeding ticket. Apparently in Chicago, that list also includes ripping up a parking ticket in front of the issuing officer. RESPECT THEIR AUTHORITAH! » 6/07/12 4:40pm 6/07/12 4:40pm

This Man Had a Taser Dart Stuck In His Brain and Didn't Even Realize

Sometimes, academic journals have the best stories. Like last week's issue of Forensic Science International, which describes how a man had a a drunken confrontation with the police and ended up with a taser dart stuck in his brain. » 5/02/12 7:38am 5/02/12 7:38am

Man Steals Guns and a Taser and Goes on the Craziest Crime Spree You…

This is William C. Todd. He may have just shattered the record for the craziest and fastest crime spree in American history: ten felonies in just nine hours. The list of crimes is so insane and absurd that it seems impossible: » 4/11/12 2:40pm 4/11/12 2:40pm

Taser's New Camera Turns Every Cop Into Robocop

Taser rolled out a new line of body-wearable cameras for law enforcement today, the Axon Flex line, designed to be worn on sunglasses and record then upload video to the cloud from the officer's point of view. They're delightfully frightening! » 2/21/12 3:40pm 2/21/12 3:40pm

Woman Gets Tasered for Blocking McDonald's Drive-Through

Evangeline Marrero Lucca, 37 years old and devoted Chicken McNuggets with curry sauce fan, got tasered at a McDonald's drive-through by police officers. She cut into the car line and then refused to move and wait her turn when instructed to do so. » 2/06/12 10:17am 2/06/12 10:17am

Bundle Up This Winter with Crime-Fighting Taser Gloves

Everyone wants to have a super power. But not everybody is willing to strap a battery and capacitor-filled Altoid tin to their wrist to create taser gloves. Stopping crime is important, but where am I expected to put my mints? » 10/21/11 2:20pm 10/21/11 2:20pm

Police Officer Tases Teenager in the Face to Stop a Fight

This is outrageous. Officers in London, Ontario approached this fight this Thursday with the hope of stopping it. The response was to tase the youth in the face. In what world is that appropriate? » 9/24/11 2:40pm 9/24/11 2:40pm

Holy Shit: MAUL Semi-Automatic Shotgun Shoots Taser Cartridges and Is…

Most tasers are pretty lackluster. Yeah, your victim will collapse to the ground, writhing in a heap of electro-shocked Luke Skywalker pain. And maybe die. But wouldn't it be better if you could shoot the taser out of a shotgun? » 7/22/11 7:40pm 7/22/11 7:40pm

Punch Someone in the Face with 500,000 Volts of Electricity

Getting socked in the jaw really sucks. But at least you didn't get popped by someone wearing the BodyGuard electro-gauntlet, which combines a laser pointer, video camera, taser, and armored beating-plate into one wonderful little garment. » 5/31/11 1:40pm 5/31/11 1:40pm

Sword-wielding Skateboarder Gets Tased by the Cops

Poor Deandre Irby! Dude was just trying to enjoy the day like any young person would—hanging out at the outdoor mall, skating around with his backpack on, maybe think about getting a pretzel and oh, swinging his 'fantasy sword' with a 26-inch blade around. What the hell? » 5/04/11 10:20am 5/04/11 10:20am

Cops Tase Naked Marathon Runner

I've never run a marathon, but I'd imagine it's trying enough without thousands of volts of electricity coursing through your convulsing, naked frame. Yes, naked—as was the case for Ohioan Brett Henderson. He didn't win the marathon. » 5/02/11 6:20pm 5/02/11 6:20pm

Watch the 50,000 Volt Taser Grenade Shock Its First Civilian Victim

There's a new Taser in town! The company's 50,000 volt projectile, the Taser Grenade, can incapacitate those who need to be incapacitated at distances of up to 900 feet. The Daily's Justin Rocket Silverman (Rocket!) has the distinction of being the first civilian to be zapped by the new weapon, an experience he… » 4/04/11 5:40pm 4/04/11 5:40pm

The Dog Leash for Dog Haters

I would never condone shooting any living creature in the head with a laser gun, especially not a helpless little pooch like the one you see above, but on the other hand I'm not going apologize for finding Art Lebedev's concept dog leash a little bit clever. (And, OK, disclaimer: I'm a cat person! There!) The handle… » 4/04/11 8:33am 4/04/11 8:33am

Bear Trouble? There's a $2,000 Taser for That...

Taser International, the Arizona based stungun maker, today launched a novel version of its often controversial nonlethal weapon: but it's one geared for felling wild animals like grizzly bears, rather than police suspects or airport detainees. » 1/18/11 11:00pm 1/18/11 11:00pm

A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Getting Tasered Silly at CES

Live Taser demos! Easily one of my favorite parts of CES. But is getting Tasered worth it? You do walk away with this Taser hat and commemorative coin! On the other hand, well, here's the release you sign. Gulp. » 1/06/11 9:20pm 1/06/11 9:20pm