Plans to roll out a non-lethal landmine that zaps intruders with 50,000 volts were discussed by security experts who met up in California last month. But while the device satisfies the 1997 Ottawa Convention, which bans explosive landmines, some experts question its safety and are concerned that it could breach international humanitarian laws.

The Taser Area Denial Device is based on the Taser electric shock weapon, widely used by police forces around the world. A pair of darts is fired at intruders from a distance of about seven metres, and a high-voltage electrical pulse is delivered through lightweight metal cables to the darts. The electric shock incapacitates the intruder by overriding their neuromuscular control.
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