USA Today has an interesting little blurb about a new weapon being developed for homeland security types. It's a non-lethal weapon designed to blind, stun, or otherwise incapacitate bad guys by emitting "a dazzling strobe." Like so:
The device works by temporarily blinding and disorienting a person, says Bob Lieberman, president of Intelligent Optical. Once aimed at someone's eyes, a series of light pulses and colors can be triggered and the subject's eyes can't adjust quickly enough to see.In other words, it's like pointing a Japanese cartoon at them.
'It's like someone shooting off a flashbulb in your face every few seconds,' Lieberman says. 'Because of the wavelengths and frequencies we use, there are psychophysical effects — a real disorientation. The reaction can range through vertigo to nausea.'