We were strolling through one of CES's auxiliary events, actually on our way to the bar, when we noticed a big clear tub of orange goo. Curious! Then we saw the rep for that company grab a handful of the goo--it's kind of like a more rubbery silly putty in texture--wrap it around his fingers, and then slam his fingers with a big hammer. So we stopped, got out our camera, and asked them what the hell they were selling. Turns out it was a company called Tech 21, and they make protective cases out of the crazy goo.
Video by Benny Migliorino.
Have they looked at this stuff as a lining mataerial for football helmuts? Could be a partial answer to concussions concerns....
Could be useful as a layer in body armor. Kevlar on top to stop a bullet from going through then a layer of this stuff underneath to absorb the impact. Maybe it could even absorb some of the shock wave from an explosion.
That would be a cool use! Maybe it would have saved San Diego's favorite Linebacker from diseases which caused him to kill himself (Junion Seau).
The should make people over 85 who drive goop this all over their cars so they can't hurt anybody! And DUI drivers!
Is this the same stuff that is in the D30 cases? I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 from TMobile and I have a D30 case that uses an orange non-Newtonian fluid/gel in a rubber liner. They're sold in TMobile stores, on Amazon, and a few other places. In fact, it's the major reason I bought a D30 case. Got one for my wife's Blaze as well.
In the video they said that it is called D3O and they have cases for sale at T-Mobile. So, yes, it is the exact thing that's in your phone case.
I want a suit made of this stuff. Then, I want to do this:
... Without the boxes.
I think i read an article on this stuff 2 or 3 years ago right here on popsci.
Yeah this has been around for a few years and Popsci reported on it then, I know they were using it for ski beanies.
Well, this is a great material with many potential uses, but it can't be used for helmets or for Robot's misadventures. In fact one's damage would be even far worse. If your body has a velocity and then hits something, the damage comes from your body being stopped suddenly. If this material has no give, it is the last thing you would want to have in a helmet. The vest should work though.
If the fellow whacked his finger against the hammer (now his hand has the velocity), his finger might even break.
You'd have a well preserved corpse.....on the outside anyway....but your insides still wouldn't take to the rapid deceleration.
I wish I had this goop in a shoulder pad before I fell off a ladder and destroyed my rotater cuff! It probably would have made a huge difference.
Far Out Man, I believe this material would still be beneficial in helmets and such. I believe what this material is doing is evenly distributing a point of impact throughout the material. If it were to be used in a helmet or some other similar application, likely it wouldn't be the only material used so there would be additional structural support from other materials. Also, helmets and other like items are designed to be close to the object/s they are protecting, just like the cell phone case. The damage you are describing would be from say a head smashing into the inner wall of the helmet from the head's own inertia, but if the helmet is designed properly with internal padding to make a snug fit and slowly lower the head's velocity, the outside could be lined with this material and would potentially be very affective at distributing the force of impact across a larger body, effectively reducing the impact of an outer surface like the ground or another player's helmet. The internal padding would still have to do it's job of slowly lowering the velocity of the head or else, as you said, the damage will still be done, but I still see benefits of using it.
well, that is what the hard outer shell of a current helmet is already very good for ... distributing the force. No need for fancy, just in time hardening! Westernfan suggested it for the lining which would make it more deadly due to even larger forces. There is no practical application that can protect the brain from impacting the skull (not skull impacting helmet as you suggested). The only option is to prevent head banging (from sport or music).
sorry, you didn't even post here. I meant my reply for FunkyStylin. I guess the avatar fooled me.
Far Out Man,
Thanks for the update. Yes FunkyStylin is not me.
There are ga-zillions of different kinds of plastics, synthetics and alike, beside the goo in this article. I couldn't really think of anything to add in a comment for this article. It’s just another man made goo. I hope no one gets cancer from it in the future or fish, sea gulls or some other wild animal dies from it.
Doesn't anyone remember the old movie the BLOB? The only way to destroy the BLOB is by freezing it! A hammer to the BLOB will do nothing, but make another victim.
Oh the good old rated science fiction B movies; those were fun! ;)
I remember seeing something like this a year or so ago. At the time, I dismissed it as a gimmick. Now, however? I'm perfectly willing to accept its existence and that it works.
Attention Gizmowiz. Like to chat with you about the helmet topic from the other day. We share some ofthe same ideas.
This stuff has the same characteristics as corn starch water.
I wonder how many people smashed their fingers, lol, until they got this formula just ...... right, ha ha.... snort!
Looks like the same thing "FirstGear" introduced into Motorcycle jacket armor 3 years ago "3do" they called it. Not sure if it came to fruition (I'm not a biker) but I saw a youtube video of it.
I feel like this "goo" could actually be used for much more then just smart phone cases, i mean why not think bigger? Apply it to human saftey and protection and i'm sure it could be very helpful. Not like the artical gives me many details though.
This stuff has been around for decades. When I was a kid back in the 70's there was a TV show called "Thats Incredible". I remember watching a guy put a block of what looked like silly putty on the back of his hand, and then started whacking the crap out of it with a mallet.
BTW, Silly Putty is one of the oldest commercial uses of non-newtonian fluids.
Rivman125, the article reveals all the info the manufacturer allowed. Ask the manufacturer for more info.
@Far Out Man, sure the materials we use today do that to some extent, but they are rigid and don't necessarily distribute the force as well as this material might. Plus, there is probably more durability in this type of material. Think about the fact that a helmet may develop stress fractures weakening its protective benefits over time, but unknown to the wearer. Where this material should, by it's definition as a non Newtonian fluid, be able to take the force without the strict rigid structure that would develop more and more flaws over time.
In England we don't have to wear tons of armour and helmets to play sports like a bunch of pussies and we don't have to clad our 1st graders in bullet proof material because some psychopath bursts into their English class with a legal firearm .
But we could use this stuff to protect our crumpets lest they slide off our tea cake stands.