Boeing Just Patented A Futuristc Shockwave-Shielding Device For Soldiers

According to USA Today

“Star Wars jokes aside, Boeing actually just patented a force field that would use energy to deflect explosions. For real; it’s called, “method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc.”

 

 

The patent, which was granted to Boeing on Mar. 17, credits senior Boeing researcher Brian J. Tillotson as the inventor.

Drawing from the Boeing patent for “Method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc” (Courtesy of Boeing)

According to Forbes

“As described in the typically dense language of a patent, the system would include a sensor to detect the explosion or other shockwave-producing event and determine the direction and distance of the shockwave relative to the “protected asset”. The system would then calculate a firing plan for an arc generator that’s capable of dispersing the energy density of the shockwave.”

 

 

IFLScience describes the device as a “cloaking-device” that can protect a soldier or vehicle from shockwaves caused by explosions, but not necessarily bullets or direct hits.

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