A company called d3o, which brought you the specially engineered "intelligent molecules" that make the transforming beanie/helmet and the skiing superhero suit possible, is putting on a design competition.
The d3o product is a complex elastomeric compound discovered at the University of Hertfordshire. A shear thickening material, it is flexible when moved slowly, but when it is compresssed by an impact, its molecules lock together. The material stiffens, spreading the impact over a greater area. Designers are asked to think of new ways to incorporate this remarkable material into clothing and devices.
The competition offers two separate tracks:
- Freedom - human body protection
"d3o brings the possibility of freedom and spontaneity through human body protection that works with your body, to individuals and situations that were previously inconceivable. In this category we want to see ideas that liberate the individual, bringing a true sense of self-empowerment."
- Revolution - products that change behavior and the environment
"d3o can offer a new and revolutionary perspective to countless products, environments and individuals."
Now's your chance to bring these science fiction ideas to life:
- Thor Shield Energy Weapon-Proof Fabric
- Air Warrior Microclimatic Cooling Garments
- Octarms Robotic Tentacles
(This Science Fiction in the News story used with permission from Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction.)