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One-line Brief
Police uniform has built-in armor and communication systems.
Inspiration from Nature
The body armor of armadillo (Dasypodidae) is flexible and tough at the same time.

Problem Statement
Wearing and moving around in a police uniform seems too much hustle, even visually. Much advancement has been made in its separate functions such as body armor and suit fabric etc. but all seem to go in vain when the final outcome is uncomfortable to watch let alone wear. Present gear is like carrying a Nokia phone, Microsoft laptop, and an iWatch. A new design paradigm needs to be created for police uniforms which frees its wearer from carrying multiple tools and whistles. The top priority of the uniform should be an integrated bullet armor.

Nature Review
There is no scarcity of body armors in the natural world. We need an example that is flexible besides being robust. An armadillo (Dasypodidae) exhibits a complete economy of form by becoming a ball of plated armor. And its shingle-like plates are not separate from the skin which makes it a perfect inspiration for smart, fully-integrated suit-armor.

Technology Review
This area of research has grown enormously over time. Integrated exoskeletal systems range from fantasy world (comics, movies, and games) to real-world (sports and military). The following projects (particularly Nano-Suit and Dragon Skin) provide technical guidance for the design of this nature gadget.

Nature Gadgets by Nature Tutor Umair Zia
Nature Gadget
A lightweight armor suit is designed for police. Instead of continuous bullet-proof sheathing- like one used in the existing fabrics- it has a discrete particle system (1, 5). Particles can slide over and along with each other (6-9) like thin layers of fluid running in streams. These streams exhibit communication (11) and thermal regulation capabilities (14, 15) which frees the police from carrying any communication devices (2). The suit draws energy from movement and oscillation of the particles (4) which move with the body.

Citation Montage
The following are some useful resources from the design process of this nature gadget.
Row1Column1: A Closeup of Armadillo
Row1Column2: Armadillo Skin
Row1Column3: Armadillo Defenses
Row1Column4: Armadillo Armour
Row2Column1: Ghost Lightweight Body Armour
Row2Column2: Knox Venture Shirt Protector
Row2Column3: Lightweight Body Armour by Forcefield
Row2Column4: IXS Cleaver Jacket Chest Protector
Row3Column1: Iron Man Suit Concept by Marvel
Row3Column2: A List of Crysis Game Suits
Row3Column3: Body Armour Details
Row3Column4: Dragon Skin
Row4Column1: Developments in BulletProof Materials Using Nanotechnology
Row4Column2: Composite Material Fabrication of Sails
Row4Column3: Bullet Proof Structure Patent
Row4Column4: Nano-suit Concept Crysis

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