New Military Gadget Lets Users Suck Power off of Power Lines



The US Air Force has developed a gadget that will give troops operating in the field access to electricity. Just hook it onto a power line:

An engineer at an Air Force research lab in Dayton, Ohio, has figured out how to harness electricity from power lines via a system called RAPS. RAPS is a connecting device that’s attached to the end of a long cable. When the device is thrown over a power line, a blade at the end pierces the power line and completes the circuit that brings electricity down to the soldier. And that can mean a lot in the desert or jungle.


Link via OhGizmo! | Photo: US Department of Defense

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@Vonskippy No where in the article does it mention an "invading military". Try some facts next time rather than showing your prejudices.
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Interesting that most are only concerned with the practical application of this gadget but so few think of the ethical implication. On top of both, how about afterward when the soldier is finished the wire will be left with a damaged insulation. Rather irresponsible mentality.
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hah, this was satisfying. I do all the animations for this series, but never watch the episodes all the way through. I saw the picture and thought oh that looks familiar...
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