The SawStop saw can sense a slight electrical current that human fingers (and hot dogs) create. When it senses the current, the saw triggers a safety brake, which stops the blade in less than 5/1,000th of a second.
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July 5, 2010 Every year, more than 3,000 people around the U.S. cut off their fingers or thumbs in table saw accidents, according to federal data. One entrepreneur created a device called SawStop that prevents such injuries. But mainstream tool companies have been slow to adopt the technology.
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May 31, 2006 Table-saw accidents send more than 60,000 people to seek medical treatment every year, according to federal estimates. In an effort to get the power-tool industry to adopt safer technology, SawStop inventor Steven Gass visited the Consumer Product Safety Commission near Washington recently.
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December 7, 2004 A technology designed to stop a table saw blade almost instantly after it hits human flesh is finding little attention among power toolmakers. SawStop's inventor says it will prevent serious injuries, but manufacturers say the technology isn't proven and cite potential liability issues. NPR's Chris Arnold reports.
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