China’s pioneering farmers make the craziest damn things. This time, the innovator in question is a 45-year-old farmer in Changchun, Jilin province who earned himself a national patent for an anti-riot gadget he lovingly crafted for police to subdue criminals and curb violence.
The piece of machinery is made up of a pair of 2.6-kilogram mechanical tongs attached to a pole over two meters long. The tongs tighten once they grip onto a captive’s arm or leg, effectively making it impossible for them to flee. The tongs can also be used to assist in rescues, according to the maker, Xi Yuejiu.
Xi said that while he was born into a life of farming, innovating new gadgets has been his hobby since he was young. He now has national patents for over 20 inventions, ranging from remote-controlled door openers to automatic shoe shelves (sadly there is no further information provided on the latter concept, as fascinating as it sounds).
Xi hopes his creation can be used in schools, hospitals, banks and any other public places as standard safety equipment.