IBM has filed a patent 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. In the past, the only effective protection
against "sniper fire" has been to wear bullet proof body armor.
Numerous types of bullet proof body armor are available, many of which
are constructed of multiple layers of ballistic fabric or other
ballistic-resistant materials assembled into a ballistic panel.
However, bullet proof body armor is typically heavy, clumsy, and
uncomfortable to wear, and generally leaves the head of the individual
wearing the body armor completely unprotected and exposed. Based on
the foregoing, there exists a need for an improved system and method
for protecting an individual against the potential damage caused by
being impacted by a projectile propelled from a firearm.