You can thank the sparky brain of 23-year-old Seth Froom for a new chapter in the Darwin Awards -- he's currently raising cash to develop an iPhone case with a 650k volt taser.
According to his campaign page Indie Go Go, the on the online crowdfunding piggy bank for all sorts of ideas, Froom, a former military police officer, was attacked by an armed robber who stole his cell phones, laptops, and gadgets. And while Froom wasn't looking for revenge, he wanted to create something that might have altered the situation.
... That, and having an all-in-one spotty service cell phone, music player, camera, GPS system, calendar, song identifier, pug hipstamatic machine, AND a weapon would be just too good to pass up.
The Yellow Jacket iPhone case is meant for iPhone 4 and 4S (no word on whether or not Siri can be tased) that has its own external battery within the case that extends the actual phone's battery life for up to 20 additional hours.
In Froom's promotional video, he claims the Yellow Jacket can take down a full-sized male, and has a safety switch to prevent accidental misfires -- once you read the directions and keep the phone in a lock box away from small children and drunk friends on your way home from the bar.
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Sure, a clunk factor has to be considered here, which is why the Yellow Jacket also functions as a heavy object that can be thrown at the attacker in case of a dead battery or a lack of quick hand-eye coordination when attempting to flip the safety switch and rotating electrode cap. Don't worry, there's just a a fully grown, aggressive person charging at you with something that's likely more threatening than a zapper on your phone.
The Yellow Jacket iPhone Case is all yours for $125, given you're at least 18 years of age and don't live in one of the following states or countries: Illinois; Massachusetts; Michigan; New Jersey; New York; Rhode Island; Wisconsin; Annapolis, MD; Baltimore, MD; Baltimore County, MD; Chicago, IL; Dennison, IA; Crawford County, IA; District of Columbia (D.C.); Philadelphia, PA; Australia; Belgium; Canada; Denmark; Hong Kong; India; Italy; Japan; New Zealand; Norway; Sweden; Switzerland & United Kingdom.