Quote of the Day: Unthinkable Edition

“It’s really a combination of a radar system and an AI-based computer system. It would have been unthinkable to make it just five years ago, because the computing power and hardware were just not there.” – Professor Nick Bowring in 3D Printed Guns Can’t Fly Under This Radar [at tomsguide.com]


  1. avatar jwm says:

    And thus the dance continues. Invent, counter invent.

    1. avatar Flippinthompson says:

      So now all I will have to do is carry around a low power transmitter that transmits approximately the correct frequency range… sounds good to me 🙂

      1. avatar Jus Bill says:

        It’s microwave radiation. If you do that you will have left the gene pool permanently.

      2. avatar PavePusher says:

        I don’t think that will work. That would just act like a strobe-light, attracting attention.

  2. avatar Pulatso says:

    So if no gun is undetectable, does that mean nothing violates the Undetectable Firearms Act?

    1. avatar CharlesT says:

      That’s the way I see it.

    2. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

      Kinda like how “smart guns” were required in some states as soon as they became technically feasible, no gun is undetectable now that this new technology is feasible….

  3. avatar jirdesteva says:

    NYC Stop and frisk without the frisking or stopping.

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      They’ve had something like this for years but it’s expensive and big…

    2. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Just the “stopping” part.

      As a side benefit, you get to be microwaved.

  4. avatar Roll says:

    So how many crimes were commited by 3d printed guns since their inception? My guess, probably none.

    1. avatar John L. says:

      You mean, other than by being printed in the first place?

    2. avatar Kelly in GA says:

      We all know that doesn’t matter.

      Silly 2A people, logic is for people who want children to suffer. /sarc

    3. avatar Steve says:

      There was that photo of a guy on a train in the UK with a liberator. Bringing a weapon on board is technically a crime, so… I’m sure that no VIOLENT crimes have been committed with a 3D printed gun, though.

      It would take some SERIOUS balls to use a single-shot, Nerf-looking .22lr for ANYTHING other than fun.

  5. avatar Lurker_of_lurkiness says:

    Wooo, security theater, now every airport will want one whether works or not! That inventor will be rich

  6. avatar CharlesT says:

    The science of this seems a bit hazy to me.

  7. avatar ST says:

    I see a rash of arrests for toy guns in our future, being that was one thing the video didn’t discuss.

    1. avatar BillC says:

      Then they will just ban toy guns or anything that resembles a gun.

      1. avatar pyratemime says:

        They are going to ban Idaho?

        1. avatar Timbo says:

          and half eaten Pop Tarts?

    2. avatar Hannibal says:

      Maybe… but how many people conceal toy guns about their person as they walk around?

      1. avatar Defens says:

        Heck, just sew a High Density Polyethylene cutout of a gun into your jacket lining and watch them wet themselves.

  8. avatar crzapy says:

    At 1:28 in what type of God awful ugly revolver is that?

  9. avatar Rokurota says:

    So it scans by shape and density, it seems. Presumably, then, it detects IEDs by the density of the material, since they can be shaped in any number of ways. What items have similar density? Clif bars? Toothpaste? Peanut butter? What about liquid explosives? And this is before we get to guns. Will it accurately detect the Bondhus? I see a lot of angry unarmed commuters in the future.

    1. avatar KingSarc48265 says:

      Angry unarmed commuters are already the norm.

      1. avatar Rokurota says:


  10. avatar the ruester says:

    This is great news for lofo voters who were hyperventilating over the impending doom of gun printing. “You hear that, gun nuts? Your nationwide terrorist assault on our airports is going to have to wait!” Expect similarly framed pieces in every msm outlet, including (and maybe especially) fox news.

  11. avatar tfunk says:

    Hopefully no bad guys think to put their weapon in their back pocket

  12. avatar Yossarian says:

    Pros: It’s less invasive than existing security measures and scanning devices which are currently in play. When used, it doesn’t have any greater negative affect on privacy.
    Cons: A potential for abuse as the subject may not know they are being scanned. On that same note, users of the device may more easily forget that this is still a physical intrusion.

    Either way, I have no problem with the use of this device so long as the subject has granted his or her explicit consent. Otherwise, it would be criminal to use this on someone, as the device makes physical contact with them through the microwave radiation it emits.

    1. avatar CharlesT says:

      I still see body scanners and technology like this as illegal searches without a warrant.

      1. avatar Jus Bill says:

        Exactly. That’s why the NYPD isn’t using theirs (as far as I can tell).

      2. avatar Yossarian says:

        I agree that this device can be used in a violation of one’s rights – But only when it’s used non-consensually.

        There’s such a thing as consenting to be searched or scanned, such as when entering a sports arena and (arguably) when flying on commercial airlines. You make an agreement with the service providers that you’ll submit to a search in order to use their service. And in both cases you have other options: sports venues that don’t conduct searches or chartered planes.

        Thereby, I don’t see a problem with this scanning technology in-and-of itself, but rather in whether it is used in a non-consenting way. An example of that would be a police agency scanning members of the public, such as during a parade or other gathering in a public place. That would be a violation of our rights. Unfortunately, such behavior is being enabled through this technology.

  13. avatar Shire-man says:

    And highly trained professional screeners will still let warheads, nunchucks, AR’s, grenades, crates of ACME Explosives through.

    But your toothpaste will see you detained for 6 hours.

  14. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    Sooo…..if anyone wanted to smuggle a firearm someplace, they should design it such that its disassembled components resemble other things’ outlines?

    1. avatar Have Blue says:

      Wouldn’t even need to be disassembled – would just need to not look like a gun. i.e. the Bondhus CL380.

  15. avatar Jim Jones says:

    Figures that a Brit would use his labor to come up with such a travesty. QUICK! A free man might be harmed! Your majesty, we simply can’t have that!

  16. avatar HGT says:

    Notice how the test subject isn’t walking or moving at all…

  17. avatar James says:

    I’ve seen the next generation of this. In addition to the sensors, it incorporates a “kinetic countermeasure projector” that looks something like a plunger. It’s called a Dalek. I’m sure the government has our best interests at heart and nothing could go wrong with it . . .

    1. avatar bontai Joe says:

      I see a fellow Dr. Who fan. Excellent!

  18. avatar Doug says:

    Bloomberg just had a wet dream I think.

  19. avatar Don says:

    I’d be passing out 3×5 aluminum plates for everyone to carry around all of the time. False alarm rate.

    1. avatar Timbo says:

      aluminum foil in the shape of a gun.

      1. avatar Jus Bill says:

        Aluminum foil covering the family jewels.

        1. avatar Timbo says:

          I think I need to buy more foil

  20. avatar Steve S says:

    Hey, let’s ban steel, wood, carbon fiber, and plastic! That will show those pesky gun nuts!/sarcasm

  21. avatar Randy Drescher says:

    Thats not going to ruin my “gun” is it?

  22. avatar Don says:

    Imagine if you could detect cocaine and prescription drugs with radar. Such machines would be banned in the Capital City overnight.


  23. avatar JAS says:

    False positives must abound. Those of you with pacemakers will be tackled on the spot!

  24. avatar Skeptical says:

    I wonder if they tested it on breast implants. I’m seeng a lot of false positives for hidden explosives…and a lot of very happy TSA agents

  25. avatar WI Patriot says:

    If you’re going to microwave my junk, I just may shoot you…

    1. avatar peirsonb says:

      But wait, this could work to our advantage. Liberal population centers will be the first to distribute these, meaning they will have the highest exposure, thus limiting their rate of procreation…..

  26. avatar WI Patriot says:

    Who can say “Total Recall”…???

  27. avatar Ted says:

    Another solution to another problem that doesn’t exist. Just like when Cali banned the 50bmg because, ” you could shoot an airliner down”, never been a crime committed with one that I can find, and in regards to shooting down a plane, well, maybe when it’s still on the ground, but then again, not really shooting it “down”.

    Seems like politicians like to imagine really implausible things, and then make up laws, guess they have all the real problems sorted out already 😛

  28. avatar Timbo says:

    And the 4th Amendment is a collective right reserved for those serving in militias right?

  29. avatar Timbo says:

    and of course it never has false positives and it won’t hurt you. We have never heard THAT before…

  30. avatar bontai Joe says:

    I watched the video and it seems to take quite a bit of time to just scan one person. How in the world is this going to work in an airport situation where there are hundreds of people to scan for each flight? Oh yeah, instead of having to arrive 2 hours prior to departure, it will now be 24 hours. Yep, that will work out REAL GOOD.

  31. avatar eugene says:

    .so, if I am carrying a subcompact at 5 oclock in a leather IWB under a shirt and a coat and walking along at a brisk pace this machine is going to alert. Believe it when I see it. That gun he used as an example was enormous.

  32. avatar David says:

    Yes, but will it cook the Hot Pocket in my pocket? That could solve the problem of what to eat on my flight.

  33. avatar Karlan in ATX says:

    I believe the testosterone neutralizing effects will bring world peace.

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