Man sticks finger into table saw to prove his invention works

first_img LOSING A FINGER to a table saw sounds like a living nightmare, but it happens nearly all the time.So inventor and amateur woodworker Steve Gass came up with a safety mechanism that can distinguish flesh from wood, stopping the saw blade within one-hundreth of a second when it senses that a finger may be in harms way.Gass’ system, called the SawStop, can be installed into table saws or other woodworking equipment. It works by sending an electrical current through the blade into the material that is being sliced.Dry wood does not conduct electricity, but the human body does. Once the machine detects a conductive surface, the blade immediately stops (You can deactivate the system to cut conductive materials, like aluminum).The one drawback is that the safety system, when deployed, completely destroys the machine. Still, there’s no price tag you can place on holding onto all of your digits.Gass is so confident in his system that he was even willing to stick his own finger into the saw to prove that it works. The daring experiment starts around the 3:50 mark in the video below: 10 things in tech you need to know today China could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change center_img See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions via John Presciutti/Youtube- Robert FerrisHow to patent an invention>Column: ‘You need passion to be an inventor’>last_img