Indeed, technology is really revolving around the world in the 21st century. Would you believe that this folding shield can actually stop a bullet from hurting you!
If you can’t believe then Engineers at Brigham Young University do believe in it and it has been successfully created and established.
BYU mechanical engineers have created an origami-inspired, lightweight bulletproof shield that can protect law enforcement from gunfire. The new ballistic barrier can be folded compactly when not in use, making it easier to transport and deploy. When expanded — which takes only five seconds — it can provide cover for officers and stop bullets from several types of handguns.
The BYU’s origami shield tips the scales at only 55 pounds. Ultra portable, the suitcase-sized device expands with a unique folding mechanism. It’s not nothing, but engineers say common ballistic barriers weigh in at up to 100 pounds. Reinforcing the barrier’s 12 layers of Kevlar with an aluminum frame rather than steel significantly lightened the load.
In testing, the barrier successfully stopped bullets from 9 mm, .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum pistols.
However, once it has been deployed, it’s capable of shielding two to three officers and stopping bullets from most hand guns. It’s effective, but far from a one-size-fits-all solution.
But yet, BYU’s team feels its foldable ballistic barrier would be a welcome addition to any squad car. Well, it is really amazing! Having such ideas developing from Nigeria Students and bringing up to my desk is what I will not like to miss.