The ancient oriental art of origami is undergoing a turbulent technological renaissance. At first glance, uncomplicated "science" to create bizarre figures out of paper unexpectedly prompted scientists a lot of ideas. As a result, unique compact solar cells, medical robotic devices and much more were born.
The team of researchers at Brigham Young University, led by Professor Larry Howell, also did not stand aside. Inspired by origami Yoshimura (one of its varieties), they developed a lightweight, foldable bulletproof shield. The fact is that all the previous models in service with law enforcement agencies are too cumbersome and heavy.
The variant of the shield proposed by the scientists is made of 12 layers of bulletproof kevlar. Five seconds are enough to bring it into a combat position. The armor shield weighs only 25 kg, which is half the size of its steel counterpart. Up to three people can hide behind it at the same time. During tests, origami armor shield successfully withstood 9-mm bullets from Magnum .357 and Magnum .44 pistols.