Sintered Armorgel

A substance that is flexible when moved slowly, but which hardens upon external impact. (Read the full article)

"John Brunner described impact hardening gloves and clothes in "Stand On Zanzibar" long before Stephenson hit the scene."
(SSimon 1/9/2007 9:23:07 PM )
"That's true, and if someone would get me a text quote, I'd post it. However, Larry Niven had this thought long before Brunner or Stephenson - see the flexible armored suit from The Soft Weapon - a 1967 story."
(Bill Christensen 1/9/2007 9:25:29 PM )
"There's an English company that sells pads made of some type of shear thickening polymer called d3O. Last I heard, they worked out deals with several other sportswear manufacturers to incorporate their polymer into various pieces of protective clothing."
(MrDakka 11/30/2011 1:15:47 AM )
"I should probably link to some of the articles I've written about that subject. See these articles:

  - Liquid Armor In Two Flavors: Shear Thickening and Magnetorheological
  - d3o Design Competition To Invent The Future
  - Liquid Armor Video Shows Bullets Bounce Off
  - Richard Palmer, d3o Inventor, O2 X Entrepreneur of the Year
  - DEFLEXION Apparel For Superheroes

"
(Bill Christensen 11/30/2011 5:04:11 AM )

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