CES: Caleb gets Tased

As were wandering around South Hall, we just so happened to stumble upon Taser International‘s booth. Being the adventurous guy that he is, [Caleb] decided to volunteer to get tased. Not being able to pass up such a great opportunity, we instantly broke out our cameras and recorded the video above. Enjoy, we know we sure did.


  1. charliex says:

    awww i was hoping for a ‘don’t tase me bro’

  2. Fallen says:

    I lol’d.
    He has more balls than me, thats for sure.

  3. pointless says:

    what exactly is the point of being tased?
    publicity stunt?

    there are hundreds of these videos

  4. Joseph says:

    That was a lot of fun to watch.

  5. monkeyslayer56 says:

    lol that was funny.

  6. ForTheHellOfIt says:

    Maybe he can talk the MakerBot guys in to making him a tased badge.

  7. sneakypoo says:

    @pointless: What’s the point of parachuting, bungy jumping, rollercoaster riding? And don’t tell me you can resist licking them 9Volters.

  8. sephamorr says:

    /agree sneakypoo

  9. pointless says:


    parachuting, bungy jumping, and rollercoasters generally envolve fun, not pain (unless you get very unlucky, and then there’s a lot of pain)

    getting electrocuted is guaranteed pain; doing something painful for enjoyment is called masochism

    thrill-seekers are not necessarily masochists…

  10. Ouch!

    On another note, the hackaday looks pretty cool – are they for sale anywhere?

  11. supershwa says:

    Krafty Caleb! Way to take one for the team!

    Did that by chance improve your posting abilities? :)

  12. steve says:

    Stop tasing Dr. House!!!

  13. …I meant to say t-shirt :P

  14. Spork says:

    Hahaha, the video was great, and the comments here are quite entertaining as well. Way to take one for the team Caleb.

  15. iloveyou says:

    See? BAD-ASS. I knew you wouldn’t let me down, Caleb. http://hackaday.com/2010/01/07/ces-update-we-made-it/#comment-116210

  16. Mike says:

    “And if you don’t own a personal taser, today is the time to pick one up. They’re 30% off and come in a variety of colors!”

    Seriously? A variety of colors? Because you have to look good while you’re taking down a perp?

  17. janin says:

    Oh noes, now that he’s repented he can write even more bad posts !

    And lol @ therian’s always positive attitude XD

  18. joeG says:

    Taking one for the team! Bravo!! Seriously though….. I’m proud of you for your dedication to reporting, showing us what it’s really like.

    Not sure if you’re crazy or a brilliant journalist but that was fun to watch. How could you stay so happy & excited after that??

  19. HK says:

    I was also hoping for the “don’t tase me bro….” comment as well. Way to take one for the team. hk

  20. adam says:

    what has this to do with hacking?
    If I want such stupidity, I can go to youtube.

  21. dragonkillernz says:

    @Mike: yeah I heard that as well. Ridiculous

  22. @Adam,
    congratulations on being “that guy”.

    We forgive you Caleb.

  23. shazzner says:

    I hope it was powered by an Arduino…

  24. Haku says:

    Yeah for the next video can you tase some Arduinos…

  25. Skitchin says:

    @Caleb: Woah I had no idea you’re from Missouri as well o_O. Beers to ya if I’m around there again sometime soon.

    I have a stun baton that is supposedly 1,000,000 volts, but I’d feel too bad to test it on any of my buddies.

  26. vonskippy says:

    Wow that was either crazy stupid or really brave.

    And remember that whole story about post incident brain aneurysms and taser victims have never really been proven.

  27. Eric says:

    My neighbor got tased by the cops in my front yard. I talked to him later and he said he was trying really hard not to defecate in his pants, which is apparently pretty common when tased. Did the Taser people warn you of such an event?

  28. Pete says:

    Ride the ligntnin’ Caleb.

  29. AMediumPace says:

    Publicity stunt. Always entertaining to see someone get zapped though.

  30. Peter says:

    As for the purpose, it’s an experience. Now whenever people talk about tasers, Caleb has personal experience with being on the receiving end.

  31. Greg says:

    that was somehow satisfying.

  32. chode says:

    They obviously didn’t keep it on long enough

    • Caleb Kraft says:

      @chode, Greg, and the others who simply enjoyed it.
      this was my gift to you.

      exactly. perfectly explained.

      That too a little bit. But that was a minor bonus.

      I was concerned. I asked before hand. We probably wouldn’t have posted the video if I had crapped all over myself.

      Is there really a difference between stupid and brave? I don’t think so. I’m OK with both I think.

      Look me up! I have facebook etc.

      crazy I hope. I don’t know how you could not be excited afterwards!

      that’s the plan.

      yeah, creepy.

      strangely, having a fan is almost more disturbing than having haters.

      I had to. I knew it could not be avoided.

      I’m not sure if I’m pleased with this or not.

      yes. this was penance.

  33. Whatnot says:

    I don’t approve on helping them portray tasering as some sort of fun thing, please don’t do that, it is a bad idea.

  34. nio says:

    Taser International’s propaganda and immature jackass stunts have nothing to do with hacking.

  35. Neckb eard says:


    You sour, po faced misanthrop it isn’t masachism, it’s just being able to have a laugh.


    Very well played sir, I wouldn’t agree to this ever.

  36. wdfowty says:

    That was pretty epic. If anything, one hell of a story! It would have been better if the camera was shooting at a lower angle, just to get more “tased” facial expressions. lol

  37. carzRfun says:

    Great sport Caleb… BTW now we know what they think of us Missourians. :)

  38. Bajakens says:

    Holy smokes! The guy with the mic is sheriff John Bunnell, the narrator in all those “Worlds Wildest Police Videos” shows. Awesome.

  39. nick says:

    Having quality hacks posted, gold

    Having something new posted, gold

    Having something awe inspiring posted, platinum

    Having Caleb getting tazed, Priceless.

  40. Mick says:

    That Taser chick in the red and black clothing looks pretty good too!

  41. James says:

    Coming up next on H-a-D, how to make your own tazer using an arduino, some camera flash capacitors, a car battery and two knitting needles. Includes optional twitter integration.


  42. Haku says:

    @James, don’t forget the spools of copper wire and a rail-gun for launching the high voltage knitting needles at the victim ;)

  43. M4CGYV3R says:

    I wouldn’t have warned you, I’d just have done it. If you’re not all tense and expecting it the kick is even more intense.

    • Caleb Kraft says:

      Absolutely. I had 15 minutes to prepare, then you can see I have plenty of time to “pre-tense” my muscles so the shock wasn’t so bad. I didn’t have that violent jerk that you would have if you weren’t prepared.

  44. Alan Parekh says:

    Ouch, way to take one for the team Caleb! I was thinking of going to CES next year but it looks to painful. :)

  45. Adam says:

    While this may have provided an entertaining video, I believe you should also point out the various public safety concerns that have been raised, and how Taser are doing there best to sweep them under the carpet. Take for example the death of Robert Dziekanski after being needlessly tasered by the RCMP. (http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/tasers/video.html) Please, take a more balanced approach, instead of giving free advertising to such a questionable company.

  46. tehgringe says:

    Tomorrow on HAD, we’ll be looking at how to put your own taser together from old parts lying around the home… :)

  47. ddkjh says:

    This doesn’t please me..it’s not acceptable..led circuits please

  48. localroger says:

    For me the most interesting thing about this is Sherriff Brunnel’s obvious inability to wrap his head around Caleb’s personality; he’s obviously used to would-be tough guys taking the challenge and cannot quite grok this playful adventurous high-tech hippie kind of guy hailing from Missouri.

  49. ben says:


  50. Hackius says:

    He should have screamed “ARDUINO!”

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