DIY Taser-Proof Clothing

"Don't tase me, bro!" Ah, how fondly we remember this plaintive plea. But now, you don't have to make this request - you can make your own taser-proof clothing, thanks to a quick Hackaday creation by user Shenzhen.

(Taser-proof jacket)

On Hackaday, Shenzhen demonstrates some proof-of-concept "taser-proof clothing" created by adding carbon fiber to the clothes' lining. The carbon fiber textile can be procured in a variety of forms, including upholstery fabric (58" wide, $19.50/yard) and peel-and-stick 50cm tape rolls (this is vinyl, not carbon fiber). Shenzhen claims this will work even if the taser's prongs get to the wearer's body: "Electric current flows through the carbon tape and not through the human body. Always. Even if the taser's needle pierced the skin."

(Taser-proof jacket liner)

It turns out that Philip K. Dick thought about this long before anybody. In his 1954 story The Golden Man (which was the basis for the movie Next starring Nicholas Gage):

"All right, Baines. You asked for it."

A pink flash blossomed. It shut out the sunlight in a single blinding burst. Baines leaped back and clawed at his coat pocket... His suit-shield sucked in the energy and discharged it... He could feel the mesh of the shield glow white, as it absorbed the energy and fought to control it.
(Read more about PKD's suit-shield)

From Hackaday via BoingBoing.

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