Boeing Patents Force Fields

One week it’s Force Touch. The next, Force Fields.

“Shields are up,” thanks to Boeing. They have patented a shockwave deflector that’s reminiscent of deflector shields a la Star Wars and Star Trek. Don’t get too excited though. The design isn’t intended to prevent direct hits, only the shockwaves of a nearby impact or explosion.

Because this system heats and ionises the air, it is eminently unsuitable for enveloping a target and being held in place for any length of time. That kind of force field is technically feasible — physics students last year determined that an electromagnetic field could by used to hold a plasma shield in place — but it would likely also deflect light, leaving anyone inside blind as a bat.

So it will be awhile yet before the Enterprise is ready for engagement.

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