Because TSA full-body scans weren’t invasive enough, US military contractor American Science & Engineering has gone ahead and developed an X-ray gun called the MINI Z.
The gun can see through fabric, rubber and aluminum “to find drugs, money, explosive liquids and even people,” Defense One reports.
“It’s about the size of a breadbox and works with the press of a button, allowing the user to actually see the outline of organic material buried behind cloth, leather or even aluminum by running the X-ray gun over the material and zapping it with low-level X-rays.”
The device can find bricks of cocaine, paper, ammonia and potentially explosive materials. And wouldn’t you know it — the same company that makes the TSA scanners, American Science and Engineering, also created this new development in government-ordered creepiness.
Of course, X-ray technology is nothing new. The major development here is that the MINI Z is about the size of a toaster, Defense One says. It took AS&E about seven years to shrink the device down from the size of a truck.
Perhaps the weirdest part of all: AS&E tested the scanner on a Windows-powered tablet. Sounds cool and all, but call us when it’s available on iOS.