Bear-suit inventor makes bullet-proof body armor exoskeleton
The dude who designed the bear-attack prevention suit is applying his inventing talents to protect troops in the field.
The suit is called Trojan and the inventer describes it as the "first ballistic, full exoskeleton body suit of armour" and he hopes to get it deployed for Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan and US soldiers in Iraq. The suit has stood up to an elephant gun, and is made from high-impact plastic lined with ceramic bullet protection over ballistic foam. Included in the suit are compartments for emergency morphine and salt, a knife and emergency light. Built into the forearms are a small recording device, a pepper-spray gun and a detachable transponder that can be swallowed in case of trouble. The whole suit comes in at 18 kilograms and covers everything but the fingertips and the major joints, and could allegedly be mass-produced for about $2,000. Plus, if you saw an army of these things coming at you you wouldn't even fight. You'd just give up and pray the space robots haven't come to anally probe you.
All that for a mere two grand? If I ever report from a combat zone, I want one of these. It would be hard to be unobtrusive, but being bullet-proof is probably better than being inconspicuous. Although, 18 kilograms is almost half my body weight, so it might not be very practical for getting those action shots.