A robber is cornered in a dead-end alley. He turns to face the police officer pursuing him, ready to fight. He pauses. The officer's left forearm is encased in ballistic nylon, and half a million volts arc menacingly between electrodes on his wrist. A green laser target lands on the robber's chest. He puts his hands up; it's a fight he can't win.
For police and corrections officers, preventing and defusing confrontations can save lives, and that's the premise behind the BodyGuard.
Equipped with a highvoltage stunner, video camera, laser pointer and flashlight, the armor sleeve is intended to prevent violent situations. The invention was designed by David Brown, a cameraman, editor and producer who makes a living filming musical acts such as Rage Against the Machine and Snoop Dogg, as well as behindthe-scenes movie footage for the actor Kevin Costner, a friend and BodyGuard investor.
Seven years and 30 prototypes later, Brown has his first demo model. The components are arranged for ease of use, comfort and to prevent users from stunning themselves. The green laser pointer helps aim a high-definition video camera because, Brown says, a suspect who knows he's on camera is more likely to cooperate. If the camera doesn't do the trick, the wrist mounted stunner might. It looks and sounds painful when electricity sizzles between its electrodes, which may encourage an attacker to back off. As a last resort, it may be used to briefly incapacitate a particularly stubborn suspect.
The BodyGuard debuted in May at the U.S. Department of Justice's Mock Prison Riot, an annual training and technology-assessment event held at a decommissioned penitentiary in West Virginia. The first demo unit will be released to the Los Angeles sheriff's department later this year. Brown says future incarnations could include chemical sensors, an electronic translator to help soldiers communicate overseas, or biometric readers for airport security guards. "BodyGuard will empower officers worldwide," Brown says, "and it will save lives."
Name: The BodyGuard
Inventor: David Brown
Time: 7 years
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How long till there's a black market for them, do you suppose?
It is not a new idea. We can see in SciFi movies or comic books. Perhaps, it is the first one in real world, isn't?
Well is funny you should bring that up...;-)It's defiantly something that we are thinking about actively and have addressed the issue and are covering all the potential things to consider and much that you have read is still only part of what the real story is...;-) but thanks for being interested... Brian H...;-) are you looking for a black market version...?? LOL... "Maybe i can sell you one" So, I was courios why would you rather have a black market version over the real thing...?? Just wondered about the mentality of that?? Maybe you could be so kind to enlighten me...??;-)
Also if it works the way is was designed to it would have GPS and a system infrastructure that will track and monitor the user so they would have to be online, and that just wouldn't work...;-) so I guess they could build there own satellite network and hot-wire all their Fake BodyGuards...?? I might only cost 1or 2 billion dollars... If that happened I think 1/2 of that market wouldn't Be so bad, lol
Or just do it the easy way...?! Just buy ours...!!
Sincerly, With a little joking...;-) Dave Brown... Inventor of the BodyGuard
And yes "P2" thanks I would say it is the first real world device of it's kind integrating technology that is here NOW.... Such as streaming video and GPS that was only dreams back when we saw it in cartoons or movies but in the case of the BodyGuard we are really just the platform that can not be dropped or taken away from you and are designed to be easy instant access to your technology no matter what you want to have in there taking all the Extra stuff out of your hands and freeing them up for other important things...;-) where should I begin....;-)
Thank you for you comment...;-)
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Thanks, Dave Brown..
I guess what I meant to say is if it was not the first I wouldn't have received a patent and we would have seen it already years ago..;-)
It's just no time better than NOW... Anyone with a Technology that you think should be in the BodyGuard please send your ideas to our websight...
post them here..;-)
Thanks Dave Brown...
I am having a flash back to the movie “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark". Indi is face to a great swordsman. The swordsman’s, powerfully, greatly spins his majestic sword. Indi shoots him, done.
Any police officer suddenly put in the position of a contest or face off; the criminal only has worse intent involved. As long as the police officer followers his training and police procedures, I say a bullet between the eyes is best to the attacking criminal. I am for the safety of the police officer. I do not want to see him spare with anyone, get hurt or killed. But hey, that's just me.
Neat idea, but as a police officer and personal protection specialist, I wouldnt want one. Couple issues I have.
1.Glove. You wouldn't be able to conceal this item so you are a constantly exposing yourself on a day to day basis and limiting your hand functions. How could you pat someone down or conduct a search on a person effectively? During this action is when people actually resist. Most officers don't wear gloves (tho they sell them of course-its not the same).
2.Heat. Much like a vest, its a long day wearing something out in the field an you get covered in sweat. Consider wearing this 8-10 hours a day in Texas weather in July and August (welcome to come try since the dates are around the corner) on top of wearing a uniform, vest, and dutygear. Unless it is weightless and has its own built in a/c, not happening. When doing ppo detail in Iraq and Afghanistan I would have thrown it away rather than worn it.
3.Force escalation. From a criminal standpoint you have to consider what this may do. Thinking from the mind of a criminal, most hardcore serious criminals on the street would rather just shoot you from a distance if they see you wearing this in public and approaching them. It also means they would escalate faster to stop you from deploying the device.
4.Tracking. Need I say more? lol from the public thinking officers want to be tracked is ridiculous. The public doesnt understand the politics in-office that officers go thru and officers dont want to be tracked by any means to be yelled at cause they stayed at the convenience store too long or wasnt driving enough. Cameras are already in cars, mounted to officers and that doesnt deter anything.
5.Abuse. Yes not all officers are honest and alot of them abuse items when they can. Much like the taser gets abused (tho it helps in many situations) so will this.
I see this as an excellent tool for jail sert teams and prison facilities, but not viable for street use. But I've only been a cop since 1999.
cool. i'm looking forward to this. id buy two of them (one for each arm) for home defense and upgrade it to fit my personal needs. maybe retractable claws? idk. the possibilities are vast.
there has got to be a better place to put the electrodes than the fore-arm. the reason for carrying a hand-held taser, is that you can reach out and tase someone from somewhat of a distance. with the electrodes on the fore-arm, you have to get a lot closer, and it is a lot more awkward trying to hit someone with your forearm, below the wrist, than it is to just reach out and tase them.
I do not like this device from the get go. It implies the police officer is going to compete or spar with the attacker. It also implies the police officer has to be close. I think this is way to close. This is not WWW wrestling or some kind of contest or competition. Control lands squarely with the police officer and his safety and public safety comes first. I want the police officer to follow his training, his local police procedures and the law. But after saying this, I am support of the Police, given authority and their safety first. I do not like this device. It’s a paper comic strip gadget, cartoon device. It does not belong in the real world.
I agree looks bulky and easily hungup on clothing/gear when going for something quick, also 3 lbs sounds like a lot. I got a friend who came back from the stan and said when you get there you got all this ccrazy stuff on your gun, lasers, sights, lights, etc. and after a while people just started stripping stuff off there weapons till they had the bare basics. And these items where fractions of lbs. I would take a guess and say that most of the weight is in the battery for the taser, maybe have a hip attached battery with a cord going up the body attached to the arm guard thing? Plus i agree with people, distance is key, i would not want to get in swinging range of a guy with a knife. Add a stun gun like attachment, like spider man but electrified? Seriously lol. Good first attempted. Also i saw the roadmap for future gen of these things with chemical detectors etc. etc. this equal more weight and bulk=more of a pain the arse
Well I can appreciate all of your comments, but like I've said you don't have all the infirmation on exactly how it works or how it's deployed... We have heard the heat concern plenty and have a version that is just for people who might have a problem with heat but believe it or not we have police on our team some with 45 years experience as a cop and we are addressing every single comment you have brougt up.... One important point to make is that before the dash-cam became common place, many officers were against the idea of a camera recording every time they pull over a person... But in time the camera proved to be more important for the police when being falsely accused of misconduct and then they end up loosing there JOB because it was the officers word against some criminals word... Wouldn't you like to have a 100% perfect witness with audio, video and GPS coordinates...???? So in court in front of a judge you have a truthful witness..??!! My theory is that if your an honest good working cop who does his Job correctly you would want the BodyGuard... But if the city's and counties and states realize that this could stop the Bleeding of cash from lawsuits that bad behaving cops are causing lawsuits that take away all the money from police departments so that they can't afford more quality officers and Better new technology for the department... The police won't have a choice... They must where one of the version we will make like our version for secret service.... For the most part we want the device to be seen as it would be a deterrent because the streaming video will catch them and god forbid you do have to shoot someone, as a cop would you not want to capture what happend to lead up to you shooting the someone so that later when the family of the person you shot is filed a lawsuit against YOU the police department and the city and state don't you think it would be VERY....! Important footage with audio and GPS time ect that could keep a very good COP from losing his job and possibly going to jail for doing his JOB.... RRikter...
P.S RRikter.... We have a fingerless version that if you open your mind up just a little you will see thy this was designed to help make your job safer and smarter than it is now maybe when your department buys them you will just Quit..?? And become a inventor...;-) I Think all good cops who want to do the right thing and protect and serve will love the BodyGuard...
We were just at the mock prison riot with 2000 cops testing the device and getting feedback.... From some of the best SERT teams in the world... Where were you... RRikter??? Also much of our military has had a chance to see the BodyGuard as a platform for many other applications thy would probably be way to much for RRikter to handle so I'll wait to share them but it's GOOD STUFF...;-) so get ready..;-)
Dave Brown..;-) inventor of the Bodyguard...
Think of an iPhone guys it's a very simple application that is software so it doesn't have weight... But I can't expect you to know everything and the version I'm wearing in the picture is a prototype..;-) just wait for the production model...;-) and for all the skeptics we are building multiple versions depending on the customers requirements..:-) and the new versions should be under 2 pounds..;-) also this was not designed to attack it's designed to be a defensive weapon and shield for things like a knife of baseball bat and for when you are doing a pat-down if they resist you are spontaneously armed with a weapon that can not be dropped so that the guy you were trying to arrest doesn't get your gun and shoot you with your own weapon... That would not be good..;-)
sorry but the wink emo cons are annoying, look we are just trying to give our opinion, i know it sucks to have people crap all over your brain child but sometimes its helps, call it a burndown, like i said i don't have all the info, we can only go off what we are shwon and our personal experiences. And sorry but marketing people will tell me it will cure world hunger to sell a product, we have to take a grain of salt with everythign said. What the article makes it seem it this devise is for personnal defensive protection rather than a tool for recording and information, i can also give a you a product that has GPS, video, and voice recording and make it a hip/belt appliance(easiest places for weight distribution)
The stun guns that shoot, great idea! A stun gun is a great deterrent to an extreme violent response. But this device is about, close up fighting, a hand to hand brawl. It should never get that close in the first place. And if the police officer gets into a hand to hand fight, I like to see all his police buddies jump on top the bad guy. ALL OF THEM! The police always maintains the order, control of the situation, always! Oh yes, the police cars can have cameras and GPS, great idea too.
Why does this make me think that it's something Batman would have in his armor? LOL
Sorry, Mr. Brown, but Troy Hurtubise came up with this technology LONG before you did, and implemented it not only in his famous grizzly-bear proof armored suits, but especially in a lightweight, ballistically protective full suit of armor (which includes a glove a lot like yours)designed for military and law enforcement. You can see numerous videos showing his technology and his armor in action on YouTube (search for Hurtubise) or can also read about his development of this technology in "Bear Man: The Troy Hurtubise Saga", a new book available at booksellers, etc.
If anyone should receive an invention award for his efforts, it's Mr. Hurtubise- especially since he's done this work for decades using his own funds and resources, with no need for celebrity endorsement.
This looks remarkably like Troy Hurtubise's invention. Troy's was part of a larger invention — a suit of armor meant to protect against grizzly bears. See www.improbable.com/2011/05/31/invention-priority-hurtubise-brown-and-their-arms/
I like the hat of the guy in the photo. Where can I buy a hat like that?
Well, since the inventor of this equipment is trying to market his ideas to PopSci readers I might as well add that you, Mr. Brown, need to take criticism of your invention very constructively, especially with where your invention is concerning profitability at the moment. Can you truly afford to disrespect potential buyers before your product even hits the market?
What Is Science but A Continual Lesson of The Challenge To Studying The Entire Known Existence of Everything.
"But this device is about, close up fighting, a hand to hand brawl. It should never get that close in the first place."
Well guess what... it does happen, a lot. The designer has clearly stated this device is not to be used as such; See a criminal, run up to said criminal, club criminal with forearm/taser.
I can visualize this perfectly as a last ditch defensive tool... As in; Surprise! The guy you're trying to handcuff decides to swing around and punch you in the face.
Surprise! A mountain lion (or jogging trail rapist) jumps out from cover and tackles you to the ground.
Of course there are issues to think about, and I'm sure the inventor is considering many of these comments seriously (or not). Either way, it's his invention and if people like it and have the cash, they'll buy it.
Personally, I only see weight and temperature being issues, which with proper materials and design features could be easily managed.
A+ Ranger Brown, I like it.
Hi Ranger Brown,
How to say this...?
Has anyone ever suggested that you get a PR person to do the comments? Y'know, like they do in the film industry?
No offence, but your sales style could use some work.
Rule number 1 is: don't make manic announcements about how "The police won't have a choice... They must where one of the version we will make like our version for secret service.... " while telling people "you don't have all the infirmation"
Ranger Brown, you sound like... a guy locked in the woodshed, screaming about how he's going to build a robot arm for Kevin Costner. That's not a good image.
Also, "canterol" ^ is your sockpuppet, right?
> "Well guess what... I can visualize this perfectly ...
Surprise! A mountain lion tackles you to the ground.
... could be easily managed. ... A+ Ranger Brown, I like it."
Jesus Christ, man. Do not go on the internet unaccompanied.
Love, your agent.
Unbelievable. So,what I hear you saying is you are in business supplying fascists with new tools to destroy our civil liberties? Good job, idiot. why not just make something that shoots enough voltage to kill and be done with it? That's what we are moving to, thanks to police all over the country.
And shame Popsci,for promoting this useless piece of shit as an "invention".It's three pieces of gear lashed together. And what next? Articles on the 'science' of Abu Garib and Guantanamo?
Guess what, man? They already have something like that. It's called a gun. The whole point of this is to deliver non-lethal force to violent resistors.
You're an idiot. Come live in the real world.
fangdangerous, I'm just an engineering physics student who saw this on article surfing popsci during work, and thought it was neat.
I like reading articles about the implementation of composite materials and human/anatomical integration with tools and/or weapons.
Put plainly, it's something I haven't seen before and think it has interesting potential, whether it's Ranger's design, or a DARPA super arm. And if you don't like it so much that you would ridicule anyone who does, make one yourself troll.
Nowhere in your post do you say that you dislike the design, only Ranger's promotional skills. And while I agree that he sounds pushy and idealistic with his sales pitch, he still doesn't sound like half as much of a douche as you.
I don't know this guy who invented the thing and I am not here to defend him, but some of the comments just seems short sited.
Black market version. What are you going to walk around the mall with a gaint carbon fiber (looking or real stuff??) tazer arm. Who cars if its black market or not, its going to be illegal and impossible to hide. and beside its not a MISSILE launcher or Lazer gun. its a protective glove with a tazer. just like the first prototype you can go make one in your basement now.
"I do not like this device from the get go. It implies the police officer is going to compete or spar with the attacker. It also implies the police officer has to be close. I think this is way to close. "
HUH!!! this is not to replace EVERY other tool an officer has. They would still have a gun! His VOICE! a car! a can of mace. This is something that would supplment all those thing. think about if a dude takes a swing at you with a pipe. is it easier to try and grab your batton or put your arm up to defend your face from getting smashed in!
its a prototype. I am sure if it ever becomes main stream there will be about 1000 different version and models.
I think 90% of the comments here are hating just to hate.
do you have ANY idea how many small companies and universities have DARPA contracts and none of them have PR guys! your just being a dick.. I guess cause you cant help it.
This guy is walking the path of a true everymans inventor out there. Making a prototype in garage and trying to sell it to the world. (to me THAT is the American dream)
Henry Ford was an ### hole. Probably the biggest ### hole in all the world of inventors. He didn't have a PR guy and he only sold the assembly line to the human race.
You and henry ford seem to have a lot in common except you wont amount to anything.
I am not defending this guy. I just don't like all these dumb comments. I don't know how you can go from one article filled with well articulated and intelligent comments to a bunch of people posting short sighted and rude comments. even in the recent evolution article the religious creationism fanatics posted articulated calmly composed (somewhat intelligent) comments.
"sorry but the wink emo cons are annoying,"
really!???!?! thats what you have to add to the discusion.
Maybe rangerbrown doesnt like your dumb looking hair!!!!
What ranger brown is attempting to do is set the tone of his message. He is trying not to call half you close minded $$$$ headS like I just did!
Not to mention this dude has probably smoked more spliffs with Snoop Dog and Kevin than you have hairs on your ####s.
Junk! With years of experience in law enforcement I don't expect to EVER see this in practical use. Tazer units alreadt in existance allow the officer to maintain a safe distance while attempting to control a situation. This device puts the officer in harms way. I understand how a person raised on comic books and transformer movies could convince themselves that this is good. I don't expect professionals to line up for this product.