T-shirts that stop bullets, it's not just for tangos anymore

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T-shirts that stop bullets, it's not just for tangos anymore

http://www.ecouterre.com/15824/scientists-discover-how-to-turn-ordinary-t-shirts-into-body-armor/

For those that don't know it, boron carbide can be some pretty freaking hard stuff when properly utilised. Think about Storm Trooper armour that spears bounce off of, becoming a reality in the future. Of course, fortunately for Ewoks a big rock thrown at the helmet still does the trick... lol.

I doubt costs will allow any useful advances to reach the infantry for at least 30-40+ years, but 10-15 years might be feasible for much improved prototypes to see study by units the likes of SAS and Navy SEALs.

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Interesting stuff.

I guess noone can imagine where our technology at this progress-speed nowadays will be in 15-20 years?

Nearly all is possible (at least in the next 30 years), except of "beam me up, Scotty"... Lol

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Current technology would lead me to believe that in 15-20 yrs the shirt will tell you where the shot came from and possibly return fire on it's own. That might cut down on "friendly fire", lol. Oh, and the shirt will also be stealthy.

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The likely hood of the military getting stuff like that. Not likely.

Military life is having a plan. Then a new plan. Then another plan. Then the first plan. Then a brand new plan only to go back to the 2nd plan. 

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Something that thin no matter how strong the material is will not be able to stop the velocity of a bullet of any size.

If you tried it i think Multiple Organ Damage is on the cards with a side of internal bleeding and serious trauma to the body.

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A T-shirt will never be capable of coping with that kind of ballistic trauma, but just think if the armour vests were made from fibres stronger then the plates inserted, which are not designed for tensile strength so much as dealing with the impact force.

With all the usual plating and padding, plus such a great advancement in the vests own materials, a kit that that could take a few proverbial licks and keep on ticking can become a reality; especially with other advances that could occur within the next 30 years. The problem of course... it'll cost more than an old Diablo for the first couple generations lol.

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Same old story, it may prevent a projectile from penetrating vital organs but the kinetic energy still needs to be absorbed somehow. As long as there is no way to deflect the energy or distribute it over a larger surface, it will still break your bones or cause internal bleedings.

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Yep, I agree with yall, It will still hurt like all get out.