Most Americans will never have to worry about walking through a combat zone to get to school, but that is not so in other parts of the world. In some areas, extreme violence puts one’s personal safety at risk all time time, and that includes for children and pedestrians minding their own business. Fortunately, one manufacturer has recognized this problem and come up with a potential solution that could easily integrate into someone’s daily routine and save their life without having to give it a great deal of thought.
The Rhino Skin pack is made of bulletproof Kevlar and is meant to protect vital organs against flying debris created by an explosion. Created by Hila Raam, an industrial designer in Jerusalem, the bag has a special hood that flips up to protect a wearer’s head and neck, while other parts of the bag shield the back, heart, liver and kidneys. Ideally, the wearer will hear the air raid warning or see/hear the explosion, lay down on their stomach while pulling up the hood, and all vital organs will be protected against the shrapnel and flying debris.
Though currently in the prototype stage, if it works, the Rhino Skin pack could save many innocent lives. Of added importance, the bag is fairly stylish and not overly obvious, meaning that adoption of the bag is much more likely. It is unclear from Raam’s explanations of the product how effective the bulletproof Kevlar will be against conventional small arms fire, but it is possible that such a pack could also see use in urban areas, even in America, where random (or even targeted) acts of violence might be thwarted by such an invention.