Researchers at the Polish company Moratex have developed a new kind of “liquid” body armor made from a substance called Shear-Thickening Fluid. According to the Daily Mail, this new type of material offers many advantages over traditional body armor, including being able to disperse the energy of a bullet across a wider area. Its developers also added that the liquid body armor is noticeably lighter than current materials and affords more range of movement.
“We needed to find, design a liquid that functions both with projectiles hitting at the velocity of 450 meters per second and higher,” said researcher Karolina Olszewska. “We have succeeded.”
Moratex intends to market the new technology to military and police forces, but also said that other uses for the fluid, such as in sportswear, are being considered.