Free Minds & Free Markets

Handcuffs 2.0

Will the restraints of the future have built-in shocks and sedation?

Ever wondered why handcuff technology hasn’t progressed much in the last 50 years? Wonder no more: In late November, the website Patent Bolt noticed an application filed by a company called Scottsdale Inventions for an “Apparatus and System For Augmented Detainee Restraint.”

This handy new device can be “configured to administer electrical shocks when certain predetermined conditions occur” as well as being activated by remote control. The patent application compares this function to the workings of a stun gun or Taser. 

What’s more, the cuffs could potentially be configured to administer “a liquid, a gas, a dye, an irritant, a medication, a sedative, a transdermal medication or transdermal enhancers such as dimethyl sulfoxide, a chemical restraint, a paralytic, a medication prescribed to the detainee, and combinations thereof” without directly involving human law enforcement officials.

The cuffs could also be programmed to work like an electric dog collar, shocking a detainee if he ventures outside a pre-determined zone. But don’t worry. Before the cuffs do their thing a little warning light will flash and the cuffs will beep.

The application includes a photo of a prototype, which suggests these cuffs are well past concept stage and could soon be available to a cop near you. 

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  • Drake||

    Liberal? They will love it.

    They would love to fit us all with shock & mace collars that administers a dose if you reach for a gun or Reason Magazine.

  • John Galt||

    If there's one thing a big "L" Liberal simply will not tolerate it's the liberty of others.

  • ThatSkepticGuy||

    "They would love to fit us all with shock & mace collars that administers a dose if you reach for a gun or Reason Magazine."

    But don’t worry. Before the cuffs do their thing a little warning light will flash and the cuffs will beep.

  • CE||

    If the perp is already detained, what possible use is their for an electroshock device except torture?

  • Kyfho Myoba||

    But, but, but what if he spits at someone?

  • MisterDamage||

    Why, then you beat the spit out of him of course!

  • Silvia M. Burgess||

    just as Sandra answered I'm startled that some one able to get paid $6059 in four weeks on the computer. did you see this link...

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    In the land of the cuffed, the one-armed man is king.

  • Bee Tagger||

    Wasn't that the tag line for The Fugitive?

  • mad libertarian guy||

    As Katherine Mangu-Ward reports, this handy new device can be “configured to administer electrical shocks when certain predetermined conditions occur” as well as being activated by remote control.

    What could go wrong?

  • Another David||

    Somebody might look the wrong way at a cop without getting a few thousand volts across the chest. Don't worry, they're coming up with ways to deliver the shock automatically whenever you think about the Fourth Amendment.

  • Baal||

    They'll have to be configured in Perl,
    so there's no possibility of misunderstanding.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||


  • Fluffy||

    So yet one more of the things that used to be included in science fiction stories to let you know you were dealing with a particularly brutal and barbaric society will now come to pass in the US.

    I'm honestly no longer surprised.

  • WTF||

    If you aren't doing anything wrong you have nothing to fear!
    /statist derp

  • GroundTruth||

    Honestly, sometimes I think the cops / CIA / DHS, etc are combing pre-9/11 scifi for the most dystopic ideas and toys, and then seeing how fast they can engineer them.

    Why not just go whole-hawg and put a chip into everyone that paralyzes them with agonizing pain if they even think a wrong thought as in Star Trek "For the World is Hollow and I have Touched the Sky". You can say you heard it here first!

  • John Walters||

    Haven't people been using these types of devices for recreational purposes for years?

  • John Galt||

    Once they hit the market it probably won't take long to start showing up in well equipped bedrooms.

  • Andrew S.||

    It's a good thing we have a good, professional police force in this country; as Scalia called it, the "new professionalism". Otherwise this might be abused.

  • np||

    What about ball cuffs? Do something the man don't like and it starts to squeeze.

  • An0nB0t||

    Some Reasonoids would pay good money for such a device.

  • WTF||

    Jesus Christ, don't give them any ideas.

  • Surly Chef||

    It's okay, in the deep dark recesses of the intertubez all of these things already exist. I'd add the caveat that those are only for sexual gratification, but we all know both instances are for sexual gratification, you just don't get a safe word in this instance.

  • mr lizard||

    Why am I not surprised this originated out of Scottsdale.

  • Surly Chef||

    Instead of beeping they should say "Stop resisting." in a robot voice. It won't actually be a warning per se as you'll get shocked regardless.

  • Franklin Harris||

    How do you handcuff someone to the headboard with those things?

  • Surly Chef||

    You need additional rope.

  • Surly Chef||

    Or "rope not included."

  • IamNotEvil||

    Are they voice activated?

    Can I yell 'teddybear' and then proceed on my rampage?

    Do they open when the battery dies?

  • Fluffy||

    I can't remember, is that from Judge Dredd or from Demolition Man?

  • IamNotEvil||

    Demolition Man

    And the quake is late. Gia is such a slacker.

  • MacKlingon||

    The next step will be the "Running Man" collar.

  • ||

    My wife wanted to know if the intravenous substance could be anything you like? Say Viagra or something.

  • Kurbster||

    or a sleep inducer

    just curious......

  • RandomJackass||

    Yeah because all anyone wants when they are in police custody is a 12-hour hard-on. Unless you're a statist, in which case the police custody itself gives you the hard-on.

  • Kurbster||

    joke over head

    handcuffs are sometimes used for sex play

    I thought non-virgins knew this
    care to explain yourself?

  • Fladnag the Yarg||

    Cop 1: Are the dash cam and your lapel cam off?
    Cop 2: Yea, they somehow were "damaged" yesterday.
    Cop 1: Then let's have some fun with this MF. "Dance you scumbag"

    (This the latest fun for routine traffic stops)

  • Godly66||

    just as Edward said I'm in shock that anyone can make $9973 in a few weeks on the computer. did you read this page

  • ||

    There is freedom in America? I'm shocked, I tell you!

  • Radioactive||

    you will be when you use these little toys

  • Agreenweed||


  • Brazen||

    like Julie implied I am dazzled that a stay at home mom able to make $7893 in a few weeks on the computer. did you look at this site link

  • Agreenweed||

    Gee whiz, where did you manage to find enough contacts to sell such a large quantity of meth to make that kinda dough?

  • CBear||

    These "inventors" are morons. Stupid, dumb, dumb. There is neither a civilian nor a police use of this crap that would pass constitutional muster. Anything it adds as a product to existing law enforcement tools - handcuff, mace, taser, guns, batons, is mooted by the fact that it's highly illegal and would expose municipalities to huge liability!

    Excessive force is a 4th amendment violation. Force must be reasonably necessary - which requires a judgment as to the amount of force necessary under the particular facts and circumstances of the event in quest, must be made. No City Attorney in this country is going to allow police to use pre-programmed shock for a predetermined set of conditions, because such would constitute a "policy" under Monell, an unconstitutional delegation of decision-making power, excessive force.

    I won't even go into the federal statutory and constitutional limitations on the involuntary administration of medications, and how this would violate them all.

    It makes me smile to think of all these Scottsdale morons sunk costs, at least if they wanted US consumers.

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  • Tim||

    Does it have a built in harmonica to play the blues?


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