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#1 posted 01-22-2013 07:51 PM

The problem with the brake pad design is that it doesn’t stop it nearly as fast. You would need to have it trigger BEFORE any skin touches the blade via proximity sensor. If you wait until your finger touches the blade, the blade would probably get halfway through your finger before it stops. Stopping it “pretty quick” won’t work. It needs to be almost instantaneous. The best way to do that is to jam something into the teeth (like sticking a stick through the spokes of a bicycle) like the SS does.

If you could develop a proximity sensor that would sense anything that’s roughly in the neighborhood of the blade insert and make it reusable, then it would work. Keep in mind though that if you get kickback and your hand gets thrown into the blade, it still may not activate in time.

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