:::: One-line Brief//
The police uniform has built-in body armor and communication systems.
:::: Inspiration from Nature//
The body armor of armadillo (Dasypodidae) is both flexible and tough at the same time.
:::: Problem Statement//
Moving about in an armored police uniform must be tiresome- especially when it is laden with all kinds of tools and whistles. Much advancement has been made in the independent industries of body armors and responsive fabrics. but all this R&D must lack some factor of innovation because the final outcome is uncomfortable to watch. The traditional police gear is like carrying a Nokia phone, a Microsoft laptop, and an Apple iWatch. A new design paradigm needs to be created for police uniforms that frees its wearers from carrying multiple gadgets. The top priority of this nature gadget uniform must be safety; an integrated body armor.
:::: Nature Review//
There is no scarcity of body armors in the natural world. But we are looking for examples that are both flexible and robust. An armadillo (Dasypodidae) exhibits the complete economy of form by becoming a ball of plated armor. Its shingle-like plates are not separate from the skin which makes it a perfect inspiration for smart, fully-integrated body suit-armor.
:::: Technology Review//
This area of research has grown enormously over time. Integrated exoskeletal systems range from the fantasy world (comics, movies, and games) to the 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 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 the movement and oscillation of the particles (4) which move with the human body.
:::: Citation Montage//
The following technologies helped in designing the systems for 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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