Re Active Shield concepts

Brian D Williams (
Mon, 30 Aug 1999 08:03:36 -0700 (PDT)

From: "Robert J. Bradbury" <>

>I haven't read this in a while, but I think an active shield is
>one that response actively to a threat. Like a fabric that is
>very soft under normal conditions, but upon sensing a sharply
>penetrating force, becomes as strong as steel. It is kind of
>like the airbag in a car. This could also be done with a flying
>swarm of nanobots in close proximity to your body. These are
>discussed a little bit in Nanomedicine.

Sounds like a layers of Kevlar and chain mail, to protect from both guns and knives....


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