Xybernaut, a specialist in “wearable” PCs, is teaming up with Second Chance
Body Armor, the leading U.S. manufacturer of protective body gear, to
create high-tech body armor that incorporates computing capability.
“They’ve created a version of their body armor that is not only protecting
the individual but includes support and protection for the computing
device,” says a Xybernaut spokesman. “It can stop a .44 Magnum round or a
9mm full-metal jacket, which covers a good portion of what you might face
if you’re a soldier or a police officer on patrol. For somebody in a
tactical role, having a full PC equivalent that’s body worn and gives you a
number of options for accessing the data can be a huge advantage.” The body
suit originally was commissioned by the U.S. Army, which uses it for field
repair technicians and other noncombat positions, but military and police
officials have indicated interest in using the systems to feed intelligence
and other data to personnel in combat or patrol situations.