In a convention full of gadgets and gizmos, we stopped by D3O‘s booth to check out their product, which—in its natural state—has a decidedly more organic look than the tech it’s designed to protect. Used in everything from smartphone cases to motorcycle jackets, the D3O material is what’s known as a non-Newtonian fluid; sometimes its properties resemble those of a liquid, sometimes it behaves more like a solid. This unique trait lends itself well to products that benefit from need to sometimes be flexible, and sometimes rigid. At their booth, D3O had a vat full of raw material:
And just in case their reps were pulling some sort of illusionist trickery on us, we decided to sacrifice Josh’s hand to find out.
Here’s a bit of info on how D3O works:
We’re looking forward to seeing the D3O material integrated into more products in the future. Have you had any experience with a product that uses D3O? We’d love to hear how you liked it!