Make taser-proof clothing with carbon-fiber linings

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."

Homemade carbon tape Taser-proof clothing (via Sean Bonner)

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  1. But when the taser doesn't work, the cops usually get out their guns...

  2. When tailoring your bespoke Taser-proof jacket, please be sure that your carbon fiber fabric is actually carbon fiber, not "Content : 100% PVC" like the upholstery fabric in the 3rd link.

  3. Just as an observation, the "circuit" made that the electricity in a Tomas Alva Swift Electric Rifle, as implemente dtoday, uses two wires between the rifle and the subject to provide a complete circuit. It does not use a link to the ground, or I assure you very few police officers would ever fire one a second time.

    Additionally the "charge" is a high voltage, high frequency signal that is intended to cause the human nervous system to become less effective at the area applied. The problem with this, in the situation of a carbon fiber lined piece of clothing is that the carbon fiber provides a 'skin effect' conductor for the signal, which it will follow in preference to the effect that the barbs in the skin will provide.

    That said, the two remaining problems are that you've got two metal barbs stuck into your skin with wires dangling off of them running back to the police officer, who's likely to be somewhat distressed that you are not being affected by the high voltage, high frequency (low current) signal being sent down the wires, and is likely to switch to something less likely to be 'less than lethal' in attempting to arrest you.

    Hopefully your acting skills are up to the task of leaving the officer with the impression that his or her Tomas Alva Swift Electric Rifle, is being effective on you.

  4. I just have gold thread woven into all of the items in my wardrobe. The power from the taser is shunted to an array of small high quality speakers that are built into my belt -- the sound emitted is the FBI's rabbit scream.
    A pleasant side effect of the thread is that it seems to make my earbuds sound much better.

  5. But people in bespoke jackets generally don't get tazed. Why didn't they put this in a hoodie?

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