A bullet-proof shield inspired by origami
A team of engineers from Brigham Young University successfully developed an ingenious new bulletproof shield inspired by origami but which can deflect bullets fired by revolvers and pistols. Professor Larry Howell, one of the engineers involved in the design, said they worked with a federal special agent, SWAT teams and police officers to understand what their needs were.
The group discovered that current shields are too heavy, and not very portable. Indeed, current shields are typically made of solid steel, often weighing about 100 pounds. What's more, those shields are only large enough to protect one person.
Because of this, Howell and his colleagues set out to create a shield that was lightweight, portable and compact, and worked well to protect law enforcement. Aside from bulletproof shields, a lot of inventive objects have taken inspiration from the art of origami.
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