"What's in the box?" "Pain."

"The tingling became an itch... The itch became the faintest burning... It mounted slowly: heat upon heat upon heat... . The burning! The burning! He thought he could feel skin curling black on that agonized hand, the flesh crisping and dropping away until only charred bones remained."
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19 Responses:

  1. Better living through plasma engineering.

    Of course, the gom jabbar reference reminds me of the following travesty:

  2. dr_memory says:

    FWIW, a good friend of mine is a NICU nurse, and is ecstatic about the potential of these things. Remember that scene in "The Aviator" where fetusface finally manages to break the skin after washing his hands for the 300th time? That's basically part of the job description for anyone working in Intensive Care...

  3. netsharc says:

    I wonder if they can make a version big enough that can also disinfect shirts, etc. It could reduce water waste for day-to-day laundry, a good thing, considering wars in the future will be fought over water...

  4. As someone who works in the biomedical field, man, that's exciting.

  5. abates says:

    Countdown to them having full-body versions at airports begins now. "This way, sir, just step into the plasma stream. No no, don't worry about the smell. That's just from the body hair of the last person to go through."

  6. fayanora says:

    Awesome! A small bit of Star Treknology comes true!

  7. lafinjack says:

    What was in the box? What's in the booooox?!

  8. pikuorguk says:

    Combine it with a Dyson Airblade drier and the disease infested skin comes right off!

    I'm assuming this magic box only sterilises hands, rather than actually cleaning them? So your hands are still left with inactive bacteria, remnants of last night's pizza and Dorito-dust all over them? Only now it's very clean, sterile pizza grease and chip dust...

  9. daenfr says:

    "And the nice thing is, you don't have to take your socks off. They are disinfected, too."

    *barf*

    Anyone putting their feet in this without disinfecting the disinfector, socks or no, deserves a gom jabbar up the bum.