The military, have for a very long time now, turned to the application of technology to help them win their wars.  The defence research firm, DARPA, has made some strange projects over the years; the running cheetah robot for example.  True to form, DARPA has a new project, which is aiming to create a portable cylinder type device, which can be deployed into a nearly impenetrable wall.

The idea has been nicknamed, Block Access to Deny Entry (BlockADE). The military’s need is to “construct a barrier without human intervention,” So basically that means a one touch deploy device. Once the user hits the button/pulls a tab, the device should then expand into a barrier.  DAPRA says this barrier would be “orders of magnitude” in size.

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The barrier would then need to keep people from getting through it using a hand tool or similar device.  DARPA have also suggested that it could offer resistance from ballistic devices, be see-through and have a reversible action.

We have all seen similar sorts of ideas in science fiction films and video games.  The bubble shield in the video game HALO3 is a good example.  DARPA, however, actually envisions a real world use for this type of device today. DARPA have said, “These deployable systems are expected to have many potential applications ranging from blocking access to munitions caches to creating temporary buildings for those impacted by natural disasters.”

What do you think?  Could a device like this be ready soon?  As always, if you would like to leave a sensible comment, then please do so in the comments section below.

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