A company based in California, titled Alternative Ballistics, specialises in (surprise surprise) creating alternatives to traditional firearms. Their latest creation is used in conjunction with your everyday gun, however, and it turns your fatal round to something a little more friendly.
Titled ‘The Alternative’, the small device clips onto the front of your firearm, and when fired catches the propelled bullet along with the metal ball at 80% less force than the bullet was originally fired at. As shown in the animation below, the bullet is effectively caught by the metal ball before carrying on its path. When it finally reaches its destination the ball shape increases the impact area so much so that the chance of it actually piercing flesh is minimal while still hitting its target with enough force to knock a person down, in a similar fashion to a bean bag round.
Due to it being a simple attachment to the muzzle, the one-time device can be equipped alongside flashlights and sights with no impact on the guns normal use. The orange plastic ejects after firing meaning that you’re free to continue use without adjustment mid-operation.
With its simple to use nature and easy installation Alternative Ballistics hopes that police forces around the world could soon adopt ‘The Alternative’ as a quick way to incapacitate targets which can be carried around and ready for use at a moment notice.
Thank you Gizmondo for the information and the images.
Computex 2015 – Memory is one of the few technology sectors that take a massive leap every few years; once a new standard is released, it can take a few months or even years for manufacturers to reap the full potential out of a memory product line. Take DDR3, for example, that was released with speeds up to 1600MHz, then 1866MHz was released and lately 2133MHz has become the norm with DDR4 taking off from there. With the recent announcement that that new Intel Skylake enthusiast processor can support DDR4 memory, we are likely to see the DDR4 standard explored in a much greater way in the upcoming months.
A quick look after the Crucial stand and you are bombarded with quick snippets of information regarding memory and how it has progressed over the years.
We look forward to bringing you a review on the Crucial Ballistix Tracer memory as soon as possible after Computex. We will keep you updated with any news and events from the rest of Computex.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is currently asking for proposals in the future development of BlockADE (Block Access to Deny Entry). For companies and researchers interested in submitting a proposal, a statement of work isn’t currently required, as DARPA wants to just receive proposals.
If designed to meet specifications, soldiers in the battle field are able to carry a portable wall inside of a canister that is at least one-feet by 6.5-feet or smaller.
Soldiers would simply hit a button or pull a canister tab, and the barrier deploys – and should be see through and offer defense against traditional ammunition to help offer resistance against ballistics.
DARPA wants materials and device concepts that yield expansion ratios of several order of magnitude, including “mechanical strength for solid barriers, stickiness or sharpness for web or briar-like barriers, capacity to self-weld or self-assemble,” DARPA said in its official Request For Information (RFI).
Even if a DARPA project doesn’t lead to a direct product or technology, information collected can be used for other projects. If one day deployed, the BlockADE could prove beneficial for U.S. police officers, federal authorities, and soldiers deployed on the battlefield.
Thank you io9 for providing us with this information