DEFLEXION Apparel For Superheroes
DEFLEXION shock absorbing material is a Dow Corning product that
provides would-be superheroes (and athletes) with a variety of protection textiles. When Dow Corning® S7-005 is impacted the impact energy is dissipated across the surface away from the point of contact thus reducing the forces transmitted through to the body. Depending on the number of layers the force can be spread over two or three times the normal surface area. This is a known feature of certain silicone polymers due to their polymeric architecture.
Dow Corning S7-005:
Dow Corning S5-004:
- Offers the most impact protection in the S-Range
- Using just two layers satisfies the European motorcycle limb protection standard EN1621-1:1998 for high-impact collisions
- Excellent breathability and washability
- Also good for base-layer garments in sports, especially in combination with COOLMAX® fabrics
- Lighter than S7-005
- Breathable and washable
- Specially created for garments or equipment exposed to lower-intensity, but still significant, impacts
- Perfect fabric protection from kicks or blows in sports like soccer or martial arts
- Works well in soccer shin guards, exceeding European shin guard standard EN13061:2001.
(Deflexion rendered on back of superhero)
It can be stylishly incorporated into a garment such as a base layer shirt, it can be designed to create protective equipment, like a soccer shin guard, or it can be incorporated into protective cases for delicate equipment. Because this high performance fabric is flexible, it can be cut and sewn directly into clothing, eliminating the need to insert uncomfortable padding. It can be layered, so garments can be customized with increased levels of protection for specific areas. Further, our sports textiles are much less bulky than hard armor, allowing for more fashionable and comfortable designs that still provide the needed protection. These protective textiles provide the comfort that users want – premium fit, freedom of movement, heat minimization, and washability.
Dow Corning is also trying to position DEFLEXION as a good choice for the protection of laptops and other electronic devices.
Science fiction fans recall the impact suit from the 1971 David Gerrold / Larry Niven novel The Flying Sorcerors; it apparently derives from Neutron Star, a 1966 short story of Niven's:
He [Nessus the puppeteer] went up a rise, moving slowly, though his feet wanted to dance. He was weaponless, but his suit was a kind of defense. No projectile short of a fast meteorite could harm him. Like a silicone plastic, the pressure suit was soft and malleable under gentle pressures, such as walking, but instantly became rigid all over when something struck it...
(Read more about Niven's flexible armor suit)
Read more at Dow Corning DEFLEXION website; thanks to an anonymous reader for writing in.
Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 11/20/2010)
Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.
| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |
you like to contribute a story tip?
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add
Comment/Join discussion ( 3 )
Related News Stories -
Wearable Smart Jacket
He pressed the button in his sleeve communicator and snapped: 'Action stations!' - Murray Leinster, 1945.
Fluorescent Bacteria Fashion
'The racks of gowns itched and quivered, their colors running into blurred pools.' - J.G. Ballard, 1970.
Eighth Sense Emotion-Responsive Cloak
'This sensitivity to mood explains the real popularity of bio-fabrics...' - JG Ballard, 1970.
proCover Smart Sock Prosthetic Limb Enhancement
'Series of chemelectric afferent nerve-analogues, which permitted it to gauge to an ounce...' - Roger Zelazny, 1965.
Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!)
is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for
the Invention Category that interests
you, the Glossary, the Invention
Timeline, or see what's New.
PassivDom 3D Printed House - What If You Could Live Anywhere?
'The houses are prefabricated units...'
Breakthrough In Manufacture Of Red Blood Cells
This blood's for you!
Caihong Solar-Powered Drone 'Atmospheric Satellite'
'... placed in the wings of a plane to generate power from the light falling on that surface.'
NASA Wants Low Earth Orbit Wifi
'This was the center of Interplanetary Communications.'
Is Genetic Testing At Businesses A Bad Idea?
It's not a topic that fares well in science fiction movies-
Wearable Smart Jacket
He pressed the button in his sleeve communicator and snapped: 'Action stations!'
Store One Bit On One Atom
'...each individual molecule has a meaning.'
Fluorescent Bacteria Fashion
'The racks of gowns itched and quivered, their colors running into blurred pools.'
Keith Laumer's Bolo Autonomous Tanks Right On Schedule
'I cannot lie idle under attack.'
When Computers Develop Their Own Language, Will They Talk To Us?
'The curious absent look of a robot talking on the TBR circuits - the Talk Between Robots radio...'
LipNet Reads Lips - Until Disconnected, That Is
'We'd have to cut his higher brain functions... I'm not sure what [HAL} would think about that.'
Eterni.me - To Skype With The Dead
'Nothing... left of Jeserac but a galaxy of electrons frozen in the heart of a crystal.'
Wearable MRI Is Former Occulus/Facebook Exec's New Project
'Your cephalochromoscope... that you always turn on and play when you get home...'
Ford Stratasys Infinte Build 3D Printer
'He proudly indicated his Buick... Almost as good as the original it was printed from...'
The Space Suit As Personal Spaceship
'Darn clever, these suits...'
Dune Fans! Your God Emperor Is Ready
'If one held a sandtrout in the hand, smoothing it over your skin, it formed a living glove.'
More SF in the News Stories
More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories