I always suspected if Bruce Wayne really existed, his Wayne Industries would be a little something like Columbus’ own Battelle Institute. Full of engineers, linguists, analysts, and mad scientists, they do R&D on everything from Environment and Material Sciences to National Security and Defense. (In fact, PANELista Tony Goins spotlighted their “Batman grappling hook” in a previous post.)
Today’s Columbus Dispatch has an article on one of Battelle’s inventions, a “vortex ring gun” capable of shooting an ionized ring of air up to 50 yards.
Their device is a modified shotgun that fires blanks and blasts rings of air that travel 50 yards at about 60 mph. Battelle ran tests of the gun about seven years ago.
Battelle filed for a patent after Dvorsky recently added a battery-powered electrode to the barrel. The electrode gives the vortex an electrical charge.
They say they’re really not looking to weaponize the device, but rather “looking for businesses and public safety departments that could use it.” Applications could include clearing smoke from a burning building, or targeted delivery of tear gas or insecticides.