Why am I so excited by these tyres? I was going to ask you/me/the ether that very question but I’ve answered it even before I managed to tap it out into Movable Type. I’m excited by these tyres because they’re completely brilliant. They’re cool. I hate to use that word but they are. They’re cool.
These tyres are cool because they’re a game changer – another phrase I can’t stand. Unfortunately, the game in this case happens to be military warfare but it seems some good can come out of the practise of killing people.
The NPT has been developed by Resilient Technologies as part of their $18m grant from the Pentagon (I wonder if they’d give me one of them?) and it’s made of a honeycomb structure that’s enough to hold up the weight of a Humvee with enough give for a little cushioning. Oh, and if you don’t believe how tough honeycombs are, just go and pick a fight with a bee. They is from the streets I tell you.
No, but seriously folks, put kinks in flat materials, join them together and you start to give them some serious bonus physical properties.
The NPT may be a nice way of never having to worry about getting a flat again while at home but, in a warzone, it means not being a sitting duck when you get hit by a roadside bomb. The honeycomb structure can lose 30% of its joins and it’ll still work properly.
There’s no plans to bring this tech to consumers – probably because there’s a large suitcase of cash winging its way over to Resilient Tech, courtesy of some valve manufacturers, as we speak – but I do love a good bit of physics. Bad physics can stay well away though. I’m still baffled by logic gates.
(via Gizmo Watch)