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A remote/ proximity controlled dye pack with tear gas that is secreted in breif cases or shoulder bags/ purses. Similar to the dye packs banks used in bank robberies, you install these in your breifcase/ purse, shoulder bag. Should a theif dash off with your valuables and get a preset distance from the
transponder on your person, the device is initiated, rendering theif and contents visible to authoraties. An alternate lethal version could be produced for our "freinds" at CIA/ NSA.
a Pocket Lights Now
Shameful self promotion of my own version of this, and there are others [xenzag, May 27 2006]
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||Considering how often our spooks lose their laptops, that makes sense, but the idea has been preheated in Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash".
||Although that version simply burned up the briefcase.
||well in snow crash the briefcase was a high
tech info bomb in drug form. or was it low
|| what happens when you get home and
forget to take the remote out of you
pocket? that's what happened in snow
crash. that and a gangfight with nuclear
weapons and miniguns.
||I thought about what might happen if you forgot to disarm the device and it could get messy. I picture myself running off to a meeting and leaving the remote on my desk. I would probably get 3 floors down in the elevator and poof... time for a new wardrobe. Worse yet, junior picks up the ttransponder and says "Daddy what does this button do?" Oh well back to the drawing board.
||I like the idea, but the title needs work. You didn't invent self-defense and this idea doesn't represent it; it represents defense of one's valuables. Bun anyway.