Cremation by solar power

Patent #US4781174A:

Heat rays of the sun are concentrated and focussed by means of a reflective and/or lenticular device at a focal point for the purpose of the cremation of corpses, and their reduction to ashes thereby, either as a system per se or in combination with various ancillary buildings, equipment and facilities, more particularly an auditorium structure for conducting a funeral service or the like and from which a corpse may be transferred to the focal point of the concentrating device preferably by elevating the corpse through an opening in the ceiling and/or roof of the structure.

Seems like something a James Bond villain would create, if he were in the funeral business.

     Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 02, 2018
     Category: Death | Inventions | 1980s

Auditorium? Who knew cremation was such an entertaining event? The funeral guys have been keeping that to themselves.
Posted by Virtual on 07/02/18 at 12:27 PM
So you have flaming bits of corpse raining down . . . yeah, I can see some people lining up to buy tickets for that.
Posted by Phideaux on 07/02/18 at 01:07 PM
It's a little slow as a mean to kill someone, but it could be used as a torture device and it's slow enough to let James Bond free himself while the villain goes to the toilet or something. Yes, a great Bond villain device.
Posted by Yudith on 07/02/18 at 07:58 PM
"I'm sorry, we'll have to delay the services for a bit. The forecast is for cloudy weather for the next few days."
Posted by crc on 07/03/18 at 08:33 AM
At least they're not making Soylent Green.
Posted by KDP on 07/03/18 at 05:32 PM
Reminds me more of the carousel in Logan's Run
Posted by Phideaux on 07/03/18 at 10:14 PM
Virtual: the auditorium is for the ceremony before the creation, not for the actual burning. At least, it was last time I was at one...
Posted by Richard Bos on 07/07/18 at 08:16 AM
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