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Need To Pepper Spray Someone? There’s A Smart Phone Case For That
November 7, 2012
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Are you tired of having to stop your phone conversation just so you can pepper spray an attacker?

Well, now there's a product for you. It's an iPhone case with pepper spray built in.

Sounds like something an over-protective father would give his daughter, doesn't it? That's because it is.

Scott McPherson created the case, which is called Spraytect, when his daughter was leaving to go to university.

"When my daughter was packing for her first semester of university living, I began searching for easy-to-carry and socially acceptable personal protection devices," McPherson says. He couldn't find any.

So, reasoning that his daughter never goes anywhere without her phone, he went ahead and invented something to turn that phone into a weapon.

Yes, the Spraytect is a real thing. Here's Miss Arizona 1998, Stacey Kole, to explain the pepper spray case:

phone-weapons-pepper.jpgAs Kole says in the video, Spraytect also manufactures their own proprietary, customized pepper spray. So you know it's going to burn just right.

And guess what? If you're not convinced by the whole "spray potential assailants in the eye with habanero mist while chatting" thing, the case also doubles as a stand! So you can watch movies.

Movies like 'Taxi Driver.' Or 'Death Wish.' Or maybe 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.'

Just in case you actually want one of these (and let's be clear: you shouldn't), you'll have to move south. Pepper spray (just like mace and other, similar sprays) is considered a "prohibited weapon" in Canada.

Apparently there is a legal loophole, though: if a spray is clearly marked for use on animals, and is classified as a pest control product, it can be sold in Canada. But unless you're expecting a bear attack during your next phone call, Spraytect doesn't qualify.

If you've never thought about turning your smart phone into a weapon, you may not be aware of some of these other cases. As the Guardian points out, Spraytect is not the first case that wants to help you communicate in a more... direct manner:

Yellow Jacket


You know those bulky cases that add to your battery life? They don't always look so elegant, but they can keep your phone charged longer.

This is one of those. Oh yeah, and a stun gun. It's also a stun gun.

The Yellow Jacket was introduced earlier this year, and it fires electrodes at people that deliver a 650K volt of electricity. It goes on the market in December, so if you're looking for a Christmas gift...

The Coyote Case


Some people are really loud and annoying when talking on the phone in public.

But not as loud as this: if you are being attacked, the Coyote Case will emit a 100dB sound while sending your GPS location in a text message to your emergency contacts.

Try not to turn it on during important meetings.

The Knucklecase


And then there's this: adding brass knuckles to your phone.

According to the manufacturers, it's only "a handle and protective accessory." But it looks a lot like a set of brass knuckles. The perfect thing for live-Tweeting your next brutal street fight.

Choose Your Weapon Case


For the more peaceful among us, this case (inspired by the sitcom 'The Big Bang Theory') is a good reminder that your hands can be weapons, and that those weapons can be used for stupid fun rather than violence.

Good call.


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