Gravity enables an innovative safety controller for tasersJuly 16, 2020 by wpengine Coy Christmas and AJ Santiago of Fasetto demonstrate how Gravity can be used to control the activation distance of a Gravity-enabled taser. If a taser travels too far away from its intended user wearing a Gravity-enabled bracelet with a chip, it can automatically be disabled.After seeing recent events in the news, the Fasetto team had an idea for how their Gravity technology could help de-escalate dangerous situations involving tasers―ultimately protecting the lives of both citizens and law enforcement officers. This demonstration shows how Gravity can enable a new level of connected devices and enhance the safety of tasers. In this video, we installed Gravity into a chip on a bracelet and also opened-up an Axon Taser X26 and installed a simple MCU that also has Gravity software installed on it. Through some code commands, we can then set the distance for allowing the taser to be activated or deactivated.Gravity allows the bracelet and the taser to automatically connect instantly through an encrypted wireless communication. That connection & authentication can then be determined by a pre-set distance. Once the taser system instantly detects the band and authenticates it, the trigger system on the weapon is armed and ready for use by the owner.Gravity can then manage the power of the signal to keep the devices connected as distance changes and carry out code that tells the taser to turn on or off. If at any time the bracelet leaves the preset distance away, the taser reverts back to a safe mode and is rendered useless. This can be very helpful if the taser is taken from its owner.Gravity can enable additional features to the taser system, like time-stamping when the taser was used and automatically submitting a radio message to alert anyone else that the taser was fired. This Gravity solution is more effective than a NFC or RFID solution as Gravity gives you much more flexibility with the taser system. NFC only works within a short distance (up to 20 cm) and Gravity can work at longer distances–if the taser leaves a building, the Gravity solution can disable it once outside those walls.RFID and NFC only work when pairing two devices only—one-to-one. Gravity can create a mesh network of devices and in this example, you can connect two or three wristbands to work with the taser, not just one. The wristband is our simple way of demonstrating the safety system but it can also be incorporated into other form factors like a belt, badge or leg strap. Gravity can also do all this without accessing the internet.Gravity is our patented technology that enables an ad-hoc, localized network between devices. It adds intelligence to a network or creates its own when there isn’t one available. Through our Sense and Connect™ technology, Gravity devices can automatically find and connect to all other Gravity-enabled devices nearby. Gravity then builds a self-aware network of these devices, indexing all the different device types that are connected, their capabilities and any available resources like displays, cameras, sensors or even processing power. Once connected, Gravity always finds the fastest and most efficient way to send data between devices, whether its Wi-Fi or Bluetooth (or another pathway) or both channels simultaneously. If one channel is busy, it chooses the other. But that’s just the very beginning of Gravity’s capabilities—for more information, check out www.fasetto.com/gravity.