Diane Pham

Scientists Turn the Everyday T-Shirt into Resilient Body Armor

by , 04/10/10

bulletproof T-shirt, bulletproof vest, wearable technology, body armor

You don’t have to be the out-of-this-world kin of the Kents’ in order to slip into the wearable armor made for the red-caped crusader. By splicing the carbon in cotton with boron, researchers at the University of South Carolina have markedly increased this familiar fabric’s resiliency. With a final flexible state re-inforced with boron carbide – the same material used to shield military tanks – this design breakthrough is far from a passing fashion fad. Scientists are suggesting that this advancement signals a “conceptual change in fabricating lightweight, fuel-efficient, super-strong and ultra-tough materials” that can find application far beyond apparel to produce even lightweight cars and air-crafts.


Related Posts


or your inhabitat account below

Let's make sure you're a real person:

  • Read Inhabitat

  • Search Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • Browse by Keyword

inhabitat inhabitat

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home