The thought of a smartphone stun gun may sound overly comical to some, if perhaps just a novelty. But when you consider that smartphones (especially iPhones) are one of the most stolen items when walking on the street, you have to wonder why it took so long to come up with some kind of security device. The question, though, is whether a stun gun in a smartphone can become mainstream or if it’s doomed to legal barriers.
One particular company making a smartphone stun gun thinks it can help protect you in general if you’re attacked on a dark street corner.
Yellow Jacket’s High-Voltage Stun Gun
A company called Yellow Jacket is one of the first into the fray to integrate a stun gun into a smartphone. They first demonstrated their smartphone stun gun at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, and it received some significant attention in the media. The reason for that is their stun gun provides a stunning 650,000 volts. That’s enough to knock someone to the ground and a near equivalent to Taser guns.
Yellow Jacket may have been smart in its timing based on how many smartphones are being stolen. But they were also smart enough to realize that the stun gun alone wouldn’t sell their product. They also provide an iPhone case, plus a built-in charger to keep your phone charged while you’re on the go.
The stun gun works by simply flipping the safety cover off the prongs and deactivating a safety switch. Yes, in case you wondered if the stun gun would go off while your phone is in your coat or pants pocket, it has a reliable safety system that prevents any accidents.
According to Business Insider, it’s already an intimidating presence based on the sound the stun gun makes. Regardless, will it be freely usable, or will there be emerging lawsuits over another “Don’t tase me, bro” moment?
The Allowance of Stun Guns
Stun gun laws are already in effect nationwide, with some states making them illegal and others restricting their usage. If Yellow Jacket manages to get national sales for their product, will laws accept them as a new deterrent in protecting ourselves and our smartphones? The fact that the shock is 650,000 volts means there’s likely going to be some restrictions on its use depending on the state.
Others may just buy one without telling anyone with the hope they’ll never have to use it. Yet, once they do, we could see lawsuits developing as we’ve seen from police when using Taser guns. On the other hand, the knowledge that more people are using these might cut down on crime on the streets.
It’s the not knowing whether someone has one or not that may put crime in a new place of not being so brazen. In the meantime, we’ll have to see how far Yellow Jacket goes integrating into the marketplace before perhaps becoming one of the bestselling smartphone tools ever made.