Imagine Chinese soldiers armed with death ray weapons that can cause crippling pain by burning you from the inside out at long range. China has that weapon: the Poly WB-1. It's a concentrated microwave beam that works exactly like it sounds: like your insides are being put in a microwave oven.
The Poly WB-1 excites the water molecules inside your body to produce intense pain and it can be fired from over half a mile away. China claims the weapon is non-lethal, but I can only imagine what extended use could do to a human body - it sounds like a torturous way to die.
Even so, it could be a preferable alternative to the deadly weapons we currently use to fight wars. ExtremeTech reports:
While a pain beam sounds absolutely terrifying, it’s arguably a step in a safer direction for military conflict than the tried-and-true lethal favorites of bullets, bombs, and fire. It’s also a much safer alternative to weapons that use chemical or biological agents.
The weapon is by no means handheld, and must be mounted on a truck, tank, boat or other motorized vehicle.
It turns out that an American defense contractor developed a weapon using similar technology in 2007. It was called the Raytheon Active Denial System, and it was intended as a non-lethal tool to quell uprisings or protests. ExtremeTech has more on why this design was never adopted:
The US developed its own microwave pain beam back in 2007, the Raytheon Active Denial System, as a means of crowd control. It was deployed in 2010, but wasn’t ever used — reportedly because of a 16-hour boot time, and massive fuel cost if left in standby mode after boot — and recalled the same year. It was also a satellite-like object placed atop a truck.
Here's a video showing a test of the Raytheon ADS against a reporter from 60 Minutes:
What do you think about this so-called "pain ray?" Do you think it's a good alternative to guns and bombs? Let me know in the comments section below.