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Dragon Skin Body Armor now includes Degrade Sensors

November 28, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments


This Dragon Skin armor has been knocking about since 2007, but now that piezoelectrics and intelligence have been thrown into the mix we couldn’t stop ourselves from taking a peek at it. The armor’s strength is derived from a reptilian arrangement of overlapping ceramic and titanium composite discs, which simultaneously block incoming rounds and dissipate the impact to a wider area. What’s interesting about the new design is the two piezoelectric sensors attached to each end — one of them transfers a low voltage of power through the armor in the form of vibration, which the other picks up, and the reported energy loss is interpreted as armor degradation. Gnarlier still is the ability of these sensors to generate electricity from bullet impacts, which can then themselves give you an indication of what sort of bullet hit you. Capable of being applied to soldiers and vehicles alike, this could make the real act of soldiering a whole lot more like a video game (minus the whole "infinite respawn" thing), with HUDs showing you how much "shield" you have left. You can see an old(ish) video of the original armor after the break.

I’ve been really digging the idea of Dragon Skin flexible body armor for quite some time.  However, I’m not quite sold on the idea of a degradation readout on my chest that announces the functionality of my armor to everyone around me.  Then again, any good brand of duct tape could solve that problem.  :)

If you’re unfamiliar with the product entirely, then here’s an old video that’ll introduce you to Dragon Skin body armor.

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