According to a video posted by the National Defense Education Program, the U.S. Air Force special operations division is the driving force behind a fascinating new invention.
The Remote Auxiliary Power System is designed to enable soldiers to charge electronic devices in the field. This isn’t a ruggedized battery system though, but rather a device that allows soldiers to get the juice they need directly from power lines — no outlet required!
To use the RAPS, a soldier simply tosses it over a power line, and the cutout on the peripheral locks it in place over the line. A small razor blade actually pierces the power line, and a built-in transformer steps the power down to a manageable level in order to power and/or recharge any electronic devices necessary in the field.
The device is still being developed, but extensive safety testing is already underway. One question that has been answered so far: the RAPS system has been so carefully designed that it is actually safe to use when it’s raining.
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