Design and Function Edit
A shatter box was made of two disks, which flew through space like a bola and separated, going to separate sides of the intended target. From there, the two disks would fire their gravity mechanisms similar to the glaser's, destroying the target.
Unlike the glaser, the shatter box's opposing gravity fields caused a canceling effect, which allowed for the shatter boxes to be much safer than the glaser, as the gravity field created by firing the disks would not threaten the ship. However, the shatter box would be destroyed upon use and could not be retrieved.
After witnessing the uncontrollable destructive force of the glaser, Lem Jukes ordered Dr. Noloa Benyawe to design an alternative device, intended to be used on asteroids and against the Formic scout ship.
However, the original design was too expensive, and so Lem ordered Dr. Benyawe to continue researching and produce a cheaper version.