DIY stun gun

“Joey the Intern” at TechTV recently realized something interesting: When a disposable camera charges its flash, it uses a capacitor capable of generating 6,000 volts of electricity. So he ripped it open, attached a few electrodes, and voila — a do-it-yourself stun gun.

This is what my arm looked like the morning after I was shocked by our clever device. The two little red marks in the circle are burns I got. Being on the receiving end of that glove was not a day at the park.

(Thanks to Boing Boing for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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