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IBM Files Patent for Bullet Dodging Bionic Body Armor
techfragments ^ | 2009-02-13 10:39:43 | ibm

Posted on 02/24/2009 2:39:54 PM PST by Flavius

IBM has filed a patent (US 7484451) for Bionic Body Armor, that could essentially allow us to dodge bullets like Neo in The Matrix. The armor would scan areas for incoming projectiles and when one is detected the system would deliver a shock to the muscles causing a swift reflexive action away from the projectile. Here's what the patent describes the body armor as:

A method of protecting a target from a projectile propelled from a firearm comprises detecting an approaching projectile, continuously monitoring the projectile and transmitting an actual position of the projectile to a controller, computing an estimated projectile trajectory based upon the actual position of the projectile, determining an actual position of a target with a plurality of position sensors and a plurality of attitude sensors, determining whether the estimated projectile trajectory coincides with the actual position of the target, and triggering a plurality of muscle stimulators operably coupled to the controller and to the target when the estimated projectile trajectory coincides with the actual position of the target, wherein the muscle stimulators stimulate the target to move in a predefined manner, and wherein the target moves by an amount sufficient to avoid any contact with the approaching projectile. The projectile may be detected in the detecting step by emitting an electromagnetic wave from a projectile detector and receiving the electromagnetic wave after the electromagnetic wave has been reflected back toward the projectile detector by the projectile.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: 2nd; banglist; bodyarmor; fbi; miltech
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makes the 2nd more obsolete by the day only the noble ruling class will be able to afford one

peasants well you know what you get

1 posted on 02/24/2009 2:39:54 PM PST by Flavius
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To: Flavius

dodging faster than Obama at a press conference?


2 posted on 02/24/2009 2:40:48 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: Flavius

So I can put someone into a wall with a party popper!...

Woot!..


3 posted on 02/24/2009 2:42:17 PM PST by Crim (Dont frak with the Zeitgeist....http://falconparty.com/)
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To: Flavius

This could be hilariously exploited, and perhaps dangerous in combat.


4 posted on 02/24/2009 2:42:38 PM PST by benjibrowder (Looking forward to kicking Obama out of office in 2012.)
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To: Flavius
"...makes the 2nd more obsolete by the day..."

Nope...just makes small unit tactics more critical. Can't dodge two bullets coming from opposite directions.

5 posted on 02/24/2009 2:43:41 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Flavius

"Early tests of the new body armor were 'problematic'...."

6 posted on 02/24/2009 2:44:17 PM PST by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: benjibrowder

..”dance for me” pow,pow,pow...


7 posted on 02/24/2009 2:44:48 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: ourusa; theKid51

IBM ping


8 posted on 02/24/2009 2:45:51 PM PST by bmwcyle (The end is near and this time I mean it. Get right with JESUS NOW!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Could you please let me be paranoid its the only thing i got left.


9 posted on 02/24/2009 2:46:33 PM PST by Flavius
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To: Flavius

Machineguns will make ya weave like a 2 year old ferret on a triple espresso trying to breakdance.


10 posted on 02/24/2009 2:47:19 PM PST by Centurion2000 (01-20-2009 : The end of the PAX AMERICANA.)
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To: Flavius
From the article:

UPDATE: IBM has since, pulled the patent.

11 posted on 02/24/2009 2:47:58 PM PST by TheWasteLand
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To: Joe 6-pack
Frankly, from the sounds of it it'll be easier than that. Throw a handful of rocks toward someone wearing this high-speed armor, then shoot at them when impulses directing the body toward conflicting movement freezes them in place.

'Course I'd hate to take a Taser while wearing a system geared to make sure I get electrical impulses in a plurality of places to keep me safe.
12 posted on 02/24/2009 2:48:46 PM PST by faloi
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To: Joe 6-pack

You probably could, but the wearer might wind up being electrocuted.


13 posted on 02/24/2009 2:51:30 PM PST by skimbell
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To: Flavius
<>i>"Could you please let me be paranoid its the only thing i got left."

My tactics are driven by paranoia ;-)

14 posted on 02/24/2009 2:54:16 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: skimbell; faloi

A simple “L”-shaped ambush would have the wearers break-dancing like a racoon on crack.


15 posted on 02/24/2009 2:55:20 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Flavius
"allow us to dodge bullets like Neo in The Matrix"


16 posted on 02/24/2009 2:56:29 PM PST by rednesss (Fred Thompson - 2008)
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To: Flavius
Let's see, incoming at 3000 fps from 50 yards (150 feet) away. Flight time 50 milliseconds.

Point of impact chest center, average target size 20”. Dodge distance ten inches. Dodge speed (10/12)/.05

Dodge velocity 17 fps, initial velocity 0, time .05= acceleration is 340 ft/sec^2, or about eleven G in round numbers.

This assumes 100% detection at the time of projectile launch. Any delay adds greatly to the acceleration; if the suit relies on an acoustic signal, the projectile impacts before the sound.

So if this scheme works, the subject will be exposed to an 11G BANG to dodge the bullet, assuming that the suit dodges in the correct direction.

Ouch.

17 posted on 02/24/2009 2:56:37 PM PST by DBrow
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To: DBrow

How well will it do against buckshot?


18 posted on 02/24/2009 2:57:40 PM PST by Centurion2000 (01-20-2009 : The end of the PAX AMERICANA.)
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To: Flavius
Newton said it best: F = MA

I think I'll let somebody else wear that body armor.

19 posted on 02/24/2009 2:58:46 PM PST by The Duke (I have met the enemy, and he is named 'Apathy'!)
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To: DBrow

So if this scheme works, the subject will be exposed to an 11G BANG to dodge the bullet, assuming that the suit dodges in the correct direction.


And it seems the bang comes from the subject’s own muscles, triggered by an electric shock. I wonder if nerve impulses and muscle action are really fast enough to do this for any nearby shots.


20 posted on 02/24/2009 3:01:54 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed
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To: WOBBLY BOB
I could use that system to tac' out my u-trou.

21 posted on 02/24/2009 3:02:41 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Flavius

Artificial reflexes. Interesting.


22 posted on 02/24/2009 3:03:15 PM PST by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: Beelzebubba
I wonder if nerve impulses and muscle action are really fast enough to do this for any nearby shots.

I've read 100 to 120 meters per second.

23 posted on 02/24/2009 3:05:53 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: Centurion2000

ROLF!

Oh the imagery.

I am thinking that is going to be h3ll on the old cervical vertebrae. Ouch.


24 posted on 02/24/2009 3:06:05 PM PST by shoutingandpointing
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To: DBrow

“Let’s see, incoming at 3000 fps from 50 yards (150 feet) away. Flight time 50 milliseconds”

Running the numbers is always a buzz kill.


25 posted on 02/24/2009 3:06:44 PM PST by Conan the Conservative (Crush the liberals, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of the hippies.)
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To: DBrow

Heheh... sounds like a great way to break somebody in half.

But that said, if this sort of projectile tracking could actually be developed, there may be some really interesting uses for it. I’m thinking of adaptive armor that can adjust itself slightly to better handle an incoming bullet. Perhaps an armor shield on a car window that can somehow move into the path of a bullet, allowing the glass or other armor to be thinner and lighter. Or... a lighter-weight chain-mail type armor that can sense where a bullet may strike and ‘skrunch-up’ in that zone. That way, the armor is lighter overall. Don’t know, but it’s an intriguing concept.


26 posted on 02/24/2009 3:07:27 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Centurion2000
Buckshot V is 1200 fps? But in all probability the range will be shorter, plus you have the impact pattern (seven inches at 25 yd?) so the dodge distance is higher (17.5 inches).

Flight time 62.5 ms

Dodge Distance 17.5 in

Dodge Speed 23 fps

Dodge Accel 11.65 ft/sec^2

Still wrenching.

At original 50 yds, lets keep the velocity constant. What's a 00 pattern at 50 yds, 11 inches? So half of that plus half of chest width, dodge dist 16 inches,

Flight time 125 ms

Dodge Dist 16 in

Dodge speed 11 fps

Accel about 3G

(I think the acceleration will need to be a littl ehigher in all cases because of the way I'm calculating dodge velocity needed to clear the impact zone).

27 posted on 02/24/2009 3:09:33 PM PST by DBrow
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To: DBrow

Wonder how this suit would do with shotguns?


28 posted on 02/24/2009 3:10:02 PM PST by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: Flavius

Really would hate to be the live test subject on this one.

I could see this being a real funny scene in a comedy though.


29 posted on 02/24/2009 3:10:22 PM PST by Free Vulcan (No prisoners. No mercy. 2010 awaits.....)
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To: Conan the Conservative

I really enjoy running back-of-envelope calcs, though. Sometimes I get paid $$ for applying Ohm’s law or F=MA.

One man’s buzz kill is another man’s buzz!


30 posted on 02/24/2009 3:11:31 PM PST by DBrow
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To: Flavius

Anything that can detect an incoming bullet, and move the body quicker than it takes the bullet to arrive, is likely to do as much or more damage to the body than the bullet. At ranges of a few feet to maybe twenty yards, we are talking speeds of around 1/1000 of a second. What kind of impact is necessary to move a human body quick enough to avoid that?


31 posted on 02/24/2009 3:11:52 PM PST by pallis
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To: Frantzie

lol see #27.


32 posted on 02/24/2009 3:12:41 PM PST by DBrow
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To: faloi
Frankly, from the sounds of it it'll be easier than that. Throw a handful of rocks toward someone wearing this high-speed armor, then shoot at them when impulses directing the body toward conflicting movement freezes them in place.

Or use a short-barrel shotgun.

33 posted on 02/24/2009 3:16:57 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: DBrow
Nice math .... now assume that the projectiles are not detected until halfway there.

Then for giggles ... let's throw in a nice 7 round burst of .223 at 2900 fps. :)

34 posted on 02/24/2009 3:17:46 PM PST by Centurion2000 (01-20-2009 : The end of the PAX AMERICANA.)
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To: DBrow

Thanks. ;-)

What is an effective range of a shotgun in case of SHTF or EOWAWKI (end of the world as we know it - we are getting close with O’s depression)?

Urban combat or fighting against the UN goons putting us into labor camps not hunting.

I like Bambi myself ;-)

I guess I better get used to hunting, fishing or gardening pretty soon. :-(


35 posted on 02/24/2009 3:20:44 PM PST by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: pallis

“Anything that can detect an incoming bullet...”

But what about other projectiles, i.e.m dodging a rocket-propelled grenade? They don’t move at the speed a bullet does.


36 posted on 02/24/2009 3:22:40 PM PST by WL-law
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To: Frantzie; Centurion2000

You’re welcome, both of you.


37 posted on 02/24/2009 3:23:16 PM PST by DBrow
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To: Frantzie
I like Bambi myself ;-)

She goes great with rock salt and chile pepper.

38 posted on 02/24/2009 3:23:40 PM PST by Centurion2000 (01-20-2009 : The end of the PAX AMERICANA.)
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To: TheWasteLand

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=7484451.PN.&OS=PN/7484451&RS=PN/7484451


39 posted on 02/24/2009 3:26:32 PM PST by fishtank (RINOs: Stuck inside of the GOP like spackle or paste. (We need a cleansing.))
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To: WL-law

“But what about other projectiles, i.e.m dodging a rocket-propelled grenade? They don’t move at the speed a bullet does.”

It will be fun to watch the tests.


40 posted on 02/24/2009 3:28:00 PM PST by pallis
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To: B-Chan
Artificial reflexes. Interesting.

A girl I dated once (past tense) had similar reflexes to all my advances.

41 posted on 02/24/2009 3:28:02 PM PST by llevrok (You vill havf mein CHANGE undt like it, ja!)
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To: Conan the Conservative

In the chip world, that’s a heck of a lot of time.


42 posted on 02/24/2009 3:36:53 PM PST by AlmaKing
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To: Flavius

The last time that I went to the local range to practice, my targets must have been using that technology...


43 posted on 02/24/2009 3:39:33 PM PST by Zeppo (Save the cheerleader, save the world...)
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To: llevrok

I think I dated that same girl!


44 posted on 02/24/2009 3:46:46 PM PST by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: Crim

Short, simple, and stiffling laughter at my desk funny!


45 posted on 02/24/2009 3:47:40 PM PST by Liberty Tree Surgeon (Mow your own lawn!)
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To: Flavius
The armor would scan areas for incoming projectiles and when one is detected the system would deliver a shock to the muscles causing a swift reflexive action away from the projectile

Which materials when struck by a projectile do not swiftly move away from the projectile ?
46 posted on 02/24/2009 4:29:55 PM PST by lucias_clay
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To: Flavius

Double tap at 3000fps


47 posted on 02/24/2009 7:01:43 PM PST by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: Flavius

What a joke. Ever wonder what the inside of your skull and your spinal column will look like after a movement to evade at 1200 fps? Two words: Federal grant. Now that Porkulus (Son of TARP) is on the move drippin in Federal dollars, we’re going to see more of this garbage as time goes on. All manner of worthless technology will be paraded before the anti-gun zealots in hopes of snaring some juicy government contract. None of it will work, but you’re still going to be required to pay for it.


48 posted on 02/25/2009 9:50:52 AM PST by PowderMonkey (Will Work for Ammo)
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To: Flavius

Total, absolute nonsense. Ridiculous, impractical, and most likely impossible.


49 posted on 02/25/2009 12:28:33 PM PST by SandWMan (While you may not be able to legislate morality, you can legislate morally.)
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To: Flavius

I am not available for comment.
-BorisTheBulletDodger


50 posted on 02/25/2009 1:21:11 PM PST by BorisTheBulletDodger (Bang!)
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