Non-lethal defense from 40 feet away
Avurt's IM-5 launches pepper-spray-type powder.
The problem with Tasers and Mace is that they often still require you to be at an uncomfortably close distance to an attacker to work most effectively. And with the general population getting taller all the time--with accompanying wing spans--the art of self-defense can be all the more difficult.
The Avurt IM-5 aims to change all that, quite literally, as a "personal protection launcher" that can incapacitate a would-be perp from a distance of 40 feet, which Gizmodo says is 25 feet more than a Taser's range. The $300 flashlight-sized device can fire five pellets containing PAVA powder, a "non-lethal irritant" that can apparently stop a bear (or a bear-like man) in his tracks, as seen in the video below.