Origami, the art of paper folding
, was long known to be just a hobby- until scientist and inventors had a brilliant idea of using it as a model of different ergonomic creations to make our lives easier and better.
Now, engineering professors at Brigham Young University have designed
another innovation that doesn’t only offer convenience but safety as well. They’ve crafted a new bulletproof shield that can fully withstand shots fired from 9mm, .357 Magnum, and .44 Magnum pistols. While the law enforcement has utilized bulletproof barriers already, those are made of steel and weigh nearly 100 pounds. Hence, this origami-based type is significantly lighter and more efficient when needed.
It weighs nearly half of the recently used (55 pounds) and can protect two to three people. It also has a folding mechanism inspired by origami that enables the shield to be opened and closed easily especially during hostile situations. The shield’s made of 12 layers of bulletproof Kevlar with an aluminum core in the middle.
Watch this jaw-dropping video of how the engineers, with the help of law enforcement, tested the durability of Kevlar:
Did you notice how easy this origami-based material deflects different bullets at very close range? As you can see, this shield is not only tough to bullets but also portable and easy to deploy. In cases of emergency, this revolutionary breakthrough can save lives especially those that risk theirs for our safety.
However, this new creation has certain limitations. While different shields can stop different types of bullets, including from rifles, this is only tested in the mentioned pistols. Still, Brigham Young’s team believed this shield is good and helpful for police to carry in their car when responding to crime scenes. Moreover, since it’s still being prototyped, no law enforcement agencies are currently utilizing this shield- well, at least not yet.