Bullet-Dodging Body Armor

IBM recently filed a patent describing body armor that actually dodges bullets. Don't leave home without it!

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.
(via The Firearm Blog)
     Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 17, 2009
     Category: Patents

Interesting idea but is it really possible to outmove a bullet? The armor would have to respond before the bullet was fired. Seems impractical.

Also, what if you were under machine gun fire? You'd look like a stupid, dancing fool as the armor avoids the bullets.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 02/17/09 at 07:21 AM
Why go through all that when all you have to do is take the red pill?
Posted by Jules in Connecticut on 02/17/09 at 08:19 AM
So, basically this thing is just an over-teched way of yelling "Duck!"
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/17/09 at 08:35 AM
I achieve the same results by removing myself from situations in which there may be gunplay.

much less expensive and less complicated.
Posted by mrjazz on 02/17/09 at 09:27 AM
What if the computer lags?

Would the force of the muscle stimulators, given that they'll enable you to dodge a bullet moving at nearly the speed of sound, cause any damage themselves? It would seem to me that the trauma of having your muscles zapped to wrench you aside that fast would be equally damaging.
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 02/17/09 at 09:47 AM
Realistically speaking; a 50cal round from a sniper rifle travels 1.5 miles (that's over 2klm) in less than a second. So, if the suit could detect the trajectory of a round as it left the barrel of the rifle and send you the message about impending doom you could, conceivable get in motion in time however ......
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/17/09 at 09:56 AM
Basically, when it senses a bullet coming at you, it tazers you to make you fall out of the way. I don't think you can seizure faster than a bullet, so you will probably end up both tazered and filled with lead. Where can I get one of these? :roll:
Posted by Matt in Florida on 02/17/09 at 10:05 AM
lets see... get zapped, have a seizure, hit your head on the ground, put your back out(from convulsing), all in all i think i'd rather get shot. :shut:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/17/09 at 09:01 PM
I'm still reeling from trying to comprehend that huge run on coma spliced sentence. AAARRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!

There is no excuse for bad grammar, even when trying to save lives.

Posted by DownCrisis on 02/18/09 at 04:57 AM
@ downcrisis 😛
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/18/09 at 06:37 AM
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