Robert R. Schiller of Armor Holdings Inc. claims that his new high tech body armor will be able to shield an individual from bullets, shrapnel, and knives with fabric as thick as you might expect in a wet suit.
According to Business Week, the armor is “a mix of polyethylene glycol, a polymer found in laxatives and other consumer products, and nanobits of silica, or purified sand. Together they produce a “sheer-thickening liquid” that stiffens instantly into a shield when hit hard by an object. It reverts to its liquid state just as fast when the energy from the projectile dissipates.”
Apparently, Armor Holdings new vests will include the liquid between layers of ballistic fibers. This will help make a product that is much lighter and cheaper than current versions – but without a sacrifice in strength.
In fact, the fabric is especially adept at preventing punctures, which is why it will be sold initially to prisons where stabbings are a major concern. This is a feature not found in most standard vests.
How cool is that?