Archive for September 1, 2017

Shocking Collaboration

My friends and I are completely hooked on animation and have learned to produce them on our own. It has taken some time but we are quite proficient now. They are useful in advertising and can enrich a website functioning as an explainer video. Of course, we see animation as an art form and also as a way to spice up a TV commercial. It is an activity that is never going to get stale or outmoded.

Today I want to share a job I acquired in which I had to illustrate some sales material for a taser safety course on Facebook. Rather than make a boring video, I elected to do it in anima style. My friends were eager to help with such a fun project. We started with examples of different types of stun guns and how they work. A Taser is a variation on the basic design except that the two charge electrodes are not joined permanently to the housing. Instead, they are positioned at the end of long conductive wires (attached to the weapon’s electrical circuit). When you are in need of immediate defense, you pull the trigger, thus opening a compressed gas cartridge which resides within the gun. It is all about expanding gas pressure behind the electrodes. When in action, the Taser launches them while the attached wires trail behind. This is the essence of its power. We will use diagrams and have anime characters explain the process.

Safety measures will include keeping these weapons away from children by locking them up as you would with any gun. Other points will include a description of the barbs that are attached to the electrodes. These grab onto an assailant’s clothes, sending a current down the wires into the attacker. A variation on this theme is the new liquid stun gun. A stream of liquid conducts electricity as an alternative to the wires I mentioned. The liquid, by the way, is a mixture of water, salt and other conductive elements. It is a very interesting innovation. I had to learn a lot to execute this animation project.

In the process, I thought about my own personal safety and whether I would want to carry a Taser or other type of stun gun so I went and found this guide: https://www.selfdefenseguide.org/best-taser-stun-gun-reviews/. I certainly know how they work. I know they are a powerful method of self defense, perhaps better than mace or pepper spray. It comes down to what a person feels comfortable doing in the face of assault. They are certainly within the purview of the police, but I don’t feel competent about assuming this role. An electroshock weapon sounds formidable and I have heard that they inflict considerable pain. It depends on the area and distance, not to mention the duration of contact. I remember the horror story of the UCLA student who was subjected to shocks while being assaulted. This is certainly turning the tables. It would have been a different matter if she had access to her own Taser stun gun.