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Ballistic Clipboard Holds Papers, Stops Bullets

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the extreme-office-products dept.

Crime 161

Zothecula writes "Although police officers in most countries are issued bulletproof vests, they don't necessarily wear them at all times — would you want to heave one of those things around for an entire shift? What they do often carry, however, are clipboards. Taking the "every little bit helps" approach, Ohio's IMPACT Armor Technologies has put two and two together, and come up with something that should actually offer some protection — a Ballistic Clipboard."

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Ok, so it holds paper ... (5, Funny)

Surt (22457) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002636)

And it stops bullets, which means it can probably stop rock too.

But what about scissors?

Re:Ok, so it holds paper ... (4, Funny)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002734)

TFA says it's effective against knives, scissors are a pair of knives together, so yes. No mention of lizards or Spock though...

Re:Ok, so it holds paper ... (3, Funny)

Surt (22457) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002866)

I got the impression that was stabby knives. Scissors are slicy knives, and it might make a crucial difference.

Re:Ok, so it holds paper ... (0)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002904)

Pedants ruin everything.

Re:Ok, so it holds paper ... (2)

Walt Dismal (534799) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003038)

Here at S.H.I.E.L.D., all of our agents carry bullet-proof clipboards, which are a penis-envy substitute for Captain America's large shield and red trunks. We also have rainproof ponchos which are the envy of evil henchmen the world over. However, the ponchos can't stop a 500 foot-pound slug like the clipboards can. Oooh. that's gonna leave a bruise.

Re:Ok, so it holds paper ... (1)

Surt (22457) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003208)

Roshambo is serious business.

Re:Ok, so it holds paper ... (1, Informative)

GungaDan (195739) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003526)

WTF is that? Rambo's homosexual African-American cousin, or some kind of Jewish holiday?

I think the word you're looking for is rochambeau.

Re:Ok, so it holds paper ... (1)

ediron2 (246908) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003782)

Meh, the Combinatorics don't work for a 6-player battle. Each person has 5 ways to win or lose, and there's no uniform distribution for the 25 possible non-identity (rock-vs-rock) states. Someone has to have 3 winning combinations or more, someone else gets stuck with at best 2.

We either have to have a 7th participant (or at least an odd one), or Spock Must Die* (sorry, couldn't resist the TOS reference) to get us back to 5, which had that elegant pentagram diagram that gave each participant 2 wins and 2 losses.

* yeah, I could have chosen the clipboard to die, but that obviates this whole discussion, and a 6-player game shows everyone else nicely balanced at winning 2 and losing 3 states.

RTFA ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38002736)

"It is also said to protect against knives and blunt weapons."

Yeah, but does it run on Linux? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38002772)

Is there such extension for the X buffer? I don't think it's a good idea if this feature is limited to the clipboard of Windows.

Re:Yeah, but does it run on Linux? (1)

Smallpond (221300) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003144)

Yes. But you have to edit xorg.conf, and we all know what that means.

Re:Yeah, but does it run on Linux? (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003506)

It means I'd have to create xorg.conf first. ;)

Re:Yeah, but does it run on Linux? (1, Funny)

Zinho (17895) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003556)

Yes. But you have to edit xorg.conf, and we all know what that means.

That your day is ruined and the next week is going to suck? [xkcd.com]

Re:Ok, so it holds paper ... (2)

Mikkeles (698461) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002778)

If they make a round one with razor edges, they could have the Oddjob Ballistic Clipboard!

Re:Ok, so it holds paper ... (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002838)

And it stops bullets, which means it can probably stop rock too.

But what about scissors?

In Soviet Russia Clipboard stops YOU!

Re:Ok, so it holds paper ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38003528)

"Soviet Russia" jokes were funny the first dozen times I saw them. They are no longer funny. Please stop.

Re:Ok, so it holds paper ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38002956)

what about Oddjob's flying hats?

Re:Ok, so it holds paper ... (2)

An ominous Cow art (320322) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003334)

I joke that my Model M keyboard can stop a bullet. Haven't tried it yet, though :-).

Re:Ok, so it holds paper ... (4, Funny)

Dewin (989206) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003396)

Knowing people's fanatical devotion to their model M keyboards, I think they'd rather take the bullet than let the keyboard do it :-p

Re:Ok, so it holds paper ... (3, Funny)

nschubach (922175) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003548)

The real question is: If a bullet hits a Model M, would it make more noise than someone typing on it?

Not just those! (0)

antdude (79039) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003656)

What about Spock and Lizard?

Momentum (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38002646)

So instead of getting a bullet hole in their chest, they'll get a clipboard blugeoning their face?

Re:Momentum (5, Insightful)

LighterShadeOfBlack (1011407) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002750)

What's your point? Tiny piece of metal travelling through body shredding internal organs vs. large surface area of clipboard leaving some bruising. I know which one I'd prefer.

Re:Momentum (1)

wmbetts (1306001) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003122)

The bullet?

Re:Momentum (2)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002762)

Momentum is, indeed, a problem(yes, you will get some exciting bruises and/or broken bones); but blunt trauma over a fairly large area is more of a "oh Fuck is that going to hurt in the morning" problem, while a bullet hit somewhere specific is a trifle more serious...

Re:Momentum (1)

chill (34294) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002840)

You might not want to use popular media such as television, movies or video games, for accurate representation of physics.

Getting shot with a handgun bullet won't cause you to flip head-over-heels, nor your head to explode [cad-comic.com] .

Mass plays an important role here.

Re:Momentum (2)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003156)

However, Moments come into play too. With your wrist as the fulcrum, hitting the middle or far edge of the clipboard is still going to send it some distance back towards you. If it doesn't cause bruising to the impact site, it's probably going to sprain your wrist.

all preferable to a bullet in the gullet.

Re:Momentum (1)

517714 (762276) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003138)

Only on the first shot. The officer will drop the thing when the first round hits it. If he was holding it in his strong hand, he may not be able to return fire with his bruised/broken fingers.

Re:Momentum (5, Insightful)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003142)

A typical rifle will fire a 0.0042 kg bullet at a speed of 965 m/s. The clipboard weighs 0.907 kg (more if it has paper on it, obviously). Assuming an elastic collision, conservation of momentum means that the clipboard will be travelling at a little under 4.5m/s immediately after impact (in the real world, it will be less). If it's held in your hands and are not completely limp wristed, then by the time it impacts with your face it will have significantly less kinetic energy than if someone took the clipboard and hit you in the face with it. Clipboards are very easy to obtain, yet are rarely used as offensive weapons, so I presume that this wouldn't hurt very much...

Re:Momentum (2)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003194)

Oh, come on! Using actual physics and common sense is just HARSH, people are trying to have a good bashing over completely non-realistic fears here!

Shame on you, next time leave any common sense back home when you're venturing to ./

Re:Momentum (4, Insightful)

Co0Ps (1539395) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003774)

You can make the comparison even simpler. Stopping a bullet with the clipboard takes just as much energy as resisting the recoil from the gun you fired with, so with a steady grip on the clipboard you can take the bullet with no problem.

How is this news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38002652)

you can even buy sth like that from thinkgeek (which is a sister company of slashdot) for quite some time now: http://www.thinkgeek.com/interests/dads/e769/

Simpsons did it. (1)

eparker05 (1738842) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002658)

http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/supplies/e769/?srp=1 [thinkgeek.com]

Even if Thinkgeek wasn't already selling a similar product, how is this news?

Re:Simpsons did it. (1)

Thruen (753567) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002710)

Damn, beat me to it. As far as how this is news, you must have been absent from Slashdot for the steady decline it's taken. The new slogan is "News is for nerds, f**k you guys."

Re:Simpsons did it. (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002988)

I'm fairly sure it got shortened to just "Fuck You" a couple years back.

Re:Simpsons did it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38002792)

Did you not watch the video!?!?! It has a handle!!!

Re:Simpsons did it. (3, Informative)

Amouth (879122) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002906)

it's also 2/3 the weight with a higher rating. i'ts also 3 times the price..

Re:Simpsons did it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38003036)

Cause these douchebags charge 3 times as much and have a government contract. Now that is news.

Government over pays for more shit, film at eleven.

Re:Simpsons did it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38003772)

but can it blend?
uh i mean can it stop a magnum?

Vibranium (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002664)

Wonder if Captain America ever used his shield as clipboard (i think he actually did in the movie), if so we have prior art if they try to patent this.

Re:Vibranium (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002890)

Wonder if Captain America ever used his shield as clipboard (i think he actually did in the movie), if so we have prior art if they try to patent this.

I remember Politeness Man wielding similar devices, perhaps this would be the perfect device for Bureaucrat Man or Safety Inspector Man or any of dozens of new super heroes - the comic book biz really needs them, they've been beating to death the heroes they've got.

Can you say... (1)

Microlith (54737) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002666)

Slashvertisement?

I knew you could! This one isn't even interesting.

Re:Can you say... (3, Insightful)

Pope (17780) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002764)

It's worse, IMO: a blog copied from a blog copied from a blog copied from a press release. The web is turning into nothing but content farms.

Census-takers nationwide breathe a sigh of relief (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38002668)

Bringing the census to rough neighborhoods just got a little safer.

old news (1)

pbjones (315127) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002678)

been done before, using recycle body armour plates. Can't be exported to other geek filled countries, IIRC.

ThinkGeek (1)

Real_Reddox (1010195) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002686)

Its been done before... http://www.thinkgeek.com/interests/dads/e769/ [thinkgeek.com]

Re:ThinkGeek (1)

kalel666 (587116) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002858)

It goes back waaaaayyyyy farther than that: http://youtu.be/ezBdC6l3LRU [youtu.be]

Yikes.

Interesting.. (2)

Mordermi (2432580) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002726)

This is the second article I've seen recently about a product that has been on Thinkgeek.com for a while. First the caffeinated jerky and now this. The one on Thinkgeek seems to be different but the concept is the same, holds papers and stops bullets. It seems the Thinkgeek one doesn't stop .357 and .44 mag though.

Tactical clipboard... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38002732)

...perfect to go with your tactical pen.

You think I'm kidding.

How it'll work. (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002784)

1) Law enforcement sees product, laughs at the idea.
2) Manufacturer lobbies Congress to pass bill with massive federal grant for their new toy
3) Law enforcement brass around the country buy these with federal funds
4) Law enforcement rank-and-file take them home and give them to their kids
5) Repeat

Re:How it'll work. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38003762)

I've got several cops in my family, including my father, and the only freebies I ever got were promotional cards featuring the local NFL franchise and a couple free rides in parades. No, not true. A friend of mine who worked as a volunteer for a gang task force gave me some "junior deputy" stickers, too.

If you think a department is going to use federal funds for something so small, you're confused. They're going to buy their SWAT guys a tank they'll never use.

They might *mandate* them, but it will be up to the officers to purchase them, just like uniforms.

Also, even though the cops I know all hate wearing their bullet proof vests, they all wear them because they, you know, don't want to die. So this solves a problem I don't think really exists. Not to mention, do cops even use clipboards? I've never seen that.

most useful purpose (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38002790)

sucking tax payers money from the police budget ...

Copyright violation? (1)

WoOS (28173) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002836)

Unless Zothecula=Ben Coxworth (which one never knows nowadays) this looks very much like a copyright violation. It is a 1:1 copy of the first paragraph of the referenced article from Ben. And Ben at least took some effort to reformulate when he took it from http://www.ohgizmo.com/2011/11/08/this-clipboard-could-save-your-life/ [ohgizmo.com] .

But then, does crowdvertisement care about copyright?

Re:Copyright violation? (1)

icebraining (1313345) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003332)

It can be argued as fair use. Considering it's a news article, that only an excerpt was copied and that there's a link to the original work, and that damages to the original author seem hard to justify, it's not clear whether it's a copyright violation or not.

Proof Again (3, Interesting)

TheCarp (96830) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002872)

Once more proof that there is a real solution to every imaginary problem.

As we have watched violent crime rates plummet, it makes perfect sense to be thinking about how to protect the ever increasing number of police on the streets, from all of the violent crime that would have endangered them 25 years ago when violent crime was a really serious issue, and the crack wars had bullets flying in the cities.

Yes, yet another brilliant solution to a totally nonexistent problem. Now that we have a police force that primarily goes around directing traffic on details, pulling people over for the most minor infractions of the letter of the driving rules, and spending copious amounts of time sitting by the side of the road gabbing on their cell phones, or texting (the most common activities that I see cops working diligently at), its clear that we need such devices to protect them from the nearly infinite numbers of bullets which are not flying towards them.

Re:Proof Again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38002918)

indeed, the only reason why the war on drugs will never end is the huge number of people and companies that depends on it to keep they jobs and business

Re:Proof Again (1)

TheCarp (96830) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002978)

Not just that, even pot. Once they legalize pot (which, has seen such a demographic shift that I think its likely to be a problem for them big time) well... pot users make up a group more than twice as large as the next 3 major illicit drugs combined. The war on drugs really is a war on pot users more so than anything else.

Once that ends, and more than half of the "problem" is now legalized.... well.... thats an aweful lot of prison gaurds, cops, judges (federal and state), etc who all.... will have little to do but twiddle their thumbs.

Re:Proof Again (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38003088)

According to this article [csmonitor.com] , you are entirely wrong.

  Excerpt:

Variances in the number of police officers killed from year to year are common. In 2009, 117 were killed, a 50-year low, compared with 160 killed in 2010 – 59 of them in shootouts. But in five of the past 10 years, the number of police officer deaths topped 160, making the decade almost as dangerous for police as the street wars of the 1970s, when the average number of officers killed per year hovered around 200. And in the gangster heyday of the 1920s, about 150 died every year.

Re:Proof Again (2)

Smallpond (221300) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003236)

How many of those 160 killed last year were shot through a clipboard?

I've worked in offices... (3, Funny)

John Bresnahan (638668) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002878)

...where this would have come in handy. Some of my coworkers are, um, grumpy.

Re:I've worked in offices... (1)

517714 (762276) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003202)

Don't you want an offensive clipboard rather than a defensive one?

You say office... (1)

ksd1337 (1029386) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003712)

...do you mean the Post Office?

Ballistic protection vs weight (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38002940)

Quite simply, alot of police work doesn't involve any danger. In most cases, the weight it just unwarranted.

That said, it's a good idea just to have that option. If they could somehow carry it around their chest/heart, it can save their lives against small arms which is something they might see. Though how many cops on patrol do you see ever carrying a clip board... much less bring it along with them when chasing down someone.

Re:Ballistic protection vs weight (1)

517714 (762276) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003248)

If they added a donut holder would it be worth the weight penalty? It would provide incentive towards carrying.

Statistics (2)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002972)

Ok, so how likely is this thing to be used?

What previous data do we have? How many police clipboards are hit by bullets in any given year? How many non-police clipboards?

What is the likelihood that someone will be able to position his clipboard to the proper position when someone is shooting at him? Test it by having one of the developers hold one up while someone else randomly shoots at him, and see how many of the bullets he can stop.

Strange re-interpretation fo a WW2 analysis (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38002992)

I guess no cops came back with shot up clipboards.

http://motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2010/09/counterintuitive-world

Is that Oxford? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38003000)

0:15 - Bridge of Sighs in Oxford, England. A city well known for its gun crime, obviously.

So.... (4, Insightful)

Kjella (173770) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003006)

If someone takes a shot at you, how likely is it that you'll be able to hold on to that clipboard in a position where it actually protects something? Better than just dropping the clipboard and running/diving for the nearest cover, exit or whatnot. The only way I can see you manage to keep this in a reasonable position is if you're standing still, in which case you'll look like Adam with the fig leaf because it's hardly a riot shield. What's next, a bullet proof donut box?

Re:So.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38003062)

What's next, a bullet proof donut box?

Shit, I'd better go apply for a patent...

Obligatory Family Guy quote (1)

lightbox32 (1903946) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003080)

"I should warn you, I have a tiny bulletproof shield, the exact size of a bullet, somewhere on my body and if you hit it, I'll be unharmed and your plan will be foiled. You'll be the laughing stock of me." Mayor Adam West, in Family Guy.

Re:So.... (1)

ZeroSumHappiness (1710320) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003124)

The idea is probably more that the cop is writing up something on the clipboard when the suspect or some other assailant pulls a gun and shoots at center mass. Since the cop is using the clip board actively it's probably already in center mass territory, intercepting the first bullet or two before the cop can respond. Since aim quickly deteriorates when firing repeatedly the first shot or two are probably the most likely to incapacitate the cop, so just improving the chance of preventing those from hitting is a good idea.

Also, this only costs $150 and is a weight the cop is carrying around anyway to do his job. Even if it's a marginal improvement in safety, it's far better bang for your buck than $1000 in body armor sitting in a locker at the precinct.

Re:So.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38003174)

So basically it comes down to this...
If you hold it in front of your face, you get shot in your chest.
Hold it in front of your chest, and you get a bullet in the head.

Re:So.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38003304)

I think the biggest point to be had here is that the most risky time period for an officer is when he's walking up to the window of a car he's pulled over. He has 0 visibility of what he's about to walk into, and the guy in the car has already made up his mind as to if he's going to shoot or not, and if he is, he's already got his weapon ready to go - whereas the officer is not going to have weapon drawn on a routine stop. But he DOES have out his clipboard. Think also about the tactical value of it more than just "being at center of mass" or such - in the aforementioned situation, there is only a car windows size area to be shot through. The clipboard, if moved towards the window, can easily cover the majority of that area, buying the time necessary for him to draw down. The other major use I can think of, is an officer in cover could use this like a riot shield - using the handle area as an eyehole while looking out from behind cover. Would make the difference between eating a headshot or not. Plus, for what it's worth, the size is good enough that if you weren't carrying your vest and had to respond to a situation, you could easily place it inside your uniform shirt. Sure, it's not 100% coverage, but it'll cover the essential major organs, which is a hell of alot better than nothing.

Re:So.... (1)

ortholattice (175065) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003348)

If you're wearing a bullet-proof vest, the clipboard can presumably protect your head, which the vest doesn't. This way all basic vital organs will have some protection. (Well, you still have to choose between your head and "down there", depending on which you think is more important...)

Re:So.... (1)

517714 (762276) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003404)

Maybe you can get it for ANSI E (ISO A0) paper?

Waste of money since... (1)

FlyingGuy (989135) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003048)

not even Cat like reflex's will help you since most handgun murders are within 5 meters. So with a 9mm traveling at 335mps you have about 2msec to get the clipboard into the bullet path and here is a hint, no ones limbs can move that fast. This wont help you against a pro since they will simply pop you in the melon from behind and you will never even know it happened. But hey if it makes you sleep better at night.

Re:Waste of money since... (1)

jittles (1613415) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003116)

So with a 9mm traveling at 335mps you have about 2msec to get the clipboard into the bullet path and here is a hint, no ones limbs can move that fast.

What about Neo? I sure wish they would have made more than one Matrix movie...

Re:Waste of money since... (2)

kannibal_klown (531544) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003132)

not even Cat like reflex's will help you since most handgun murders are within 5 meters. So with a 9mm traveling at 335mps you have about 2msec to get the clipboard into the bullet path and here is a hint, no ones limbs can move that fast. This wont help you against a pro since they will simply pop you in the melon from behind and you will never even know it happened. But hey if it makes you sleep better at night.

True, but you figure when you're reading from a clipboard you're holding it around your center mass... which is where (A) most people aim for and (B) statistically the place you'd get shot since that's where so much of your mass is anyway.

So if you're a cop on a call standing outside his/her squad-car reading a warrant, and some wacko decides to take a pot-shot at you from his house, there's at least a *chance* it will be in the way already..

I'm not saying a great chance, and if you're serving a warrant you should probably wear a vest anyway.

Physics Fail. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38003240)

You don't have to out move the bullet. You just need to outmove the arm and hand of the gunman. At close range you have a better ability to do this than at long range because of the angles involved. With short range the gunman needs to move his arm in a larger angle to change his target from your body to your head. At long range the gunman only needs to move a few degrees.

Re:Waste of money since... (1)

Surt (22457) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003286)

I'm pretty sure they're relying on chance, and having the clipboard already covering the area an amateur is likely to shoot at.

Re:Waste of money since... (1)

silas_moeckel (234313) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003354)

I think it's more aimed at something that's naturally between you and the shooter. No ballistic armor is going to keep them safe from a trained shooter with the correct weapon for the job in the correct location. They only rate it up to shotguns no rifles or big hand guns. That desert eagle that gang bangers are so fond of is going through. As to the 2ms that's from when it's leaving the barrel it takes a good deal of time to aim and fire suspect the intention is to get this between you and the weapon it's going to cover a good deal of a car window and should make an effective shield. Granted they could just fire though there door but the guy that's shooing a cop at a traffic stop is not the brightest bulb in the bunch to start off with. Is it worth it I doubt it, but it's not that pointless.

Re:Waste of money since... (1)

Zibodiz (2160038) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003382)

In a statistic I just made up (but base on personal experience with friends & family at the firing range), the average person's aim is a foot or so off at that distance, unless they're carefully aiming. I doubt protection from snipers is the target demographic, so careful aiming and being shot in the back are considerably less likely. If you're holding the clipboard at a 45 degree angle in front of you to read/write on it, they have roughly a 1:3 chance of hitting it (and about a 1:6 chance of missing you entirely), if they're aiming for your chest. Most inexperienced shooters will aim for the chest, as it's a bigger target than the head. So yeah, I'd say that a 30% risk reduction is worth it.

Re:Waste of money since... (1)

bws111 (1216812) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003800)

Which of these scenarios seems more likely to you: cop holding a clipboard gets shot in the back of the head by a pro, or cop holding a clipboard gets shot by a dirtbag in a vehicle during a routine traffic stop? In the likely case, the copy doesn't have to move the clipboard at all, it will already be between his chest and the shooter, greatly cutting down the available target area. And since the guy in the car is going to be moving very quickly, he is not going to be able to take the time to consider his aim.

I hope that they have a decent patent. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38003060)

The fact is, that if not, Walmart, Target, or K-Mart will quickly go to China and get them to produce this. And they may still do it.

solutions for bad habits (1)

Brigadier (12956) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003102)

I'll get blasted for this but I hate when people suggest solutions for problems which are procedural.

" I don't like wearing my vest because it's not comfortable"
  Knee Jerk Solution: let's make a bullet proof clipboard.
Proper Solution: Get used to it, wear it for those who love you, until we come up with a better one.

I here this same argument with motorcycle protective gear,
"My jacket gets too hot"
Knee Jerk: Lets design elbow and knee pads for motorcyclists.

I was thinking about motorcycle gear too (1)

langelgjm (860756) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003622)

I agree with you. Each time I think about riding without my full leather pants, I ask myself, "Is today the day I want to get road rash?"

Yes, it's hot during the summer. Yes, it means an extra few minutes removing pants, boots, etc. when I arrive at my destination. On the other hand, I get the feeling that should I ever spill, the extra time will have been well spent.

I understand that putting on an uncomfortable, heavy, and hot vest day after day is probably terribly inconvenient. On the other hand, so is getting shot. Or maybe someone could design a better ventilated and more comfortable vest, rather than a clipboard. But unless your patrol route is behind a desk, it probably makes sense to wear the vest you're issued.

Re:I was thinking about motorcycle gear too (1)

Pope (17780) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003710)

At least there's the option of perforated leather to get some air flow, or vented textiles w/armour if you'd rather go that route. Luckily there's tons of different gear for us two wheelers.

As G Gordon Liddy said (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38003140)

As G. Gordon Liddy said, "Go for a head shot; they're going to be wearing bulletproof vests"

multishot? (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003188)

The first shot would likely break both your wrists. Good luck holding onto it for the other 8 rounds in the clip.

Re:multishot? (1)

Khashishi (775369) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003312)

Don't worry. The gunman's wrists will also be broken by the first shot of the hand cannon, so you don't need to worry about the other 8 rounds.

Re:multishot? (1)

Mordermi (2432580) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003532)

"The gunman's wrists will also be broken"? How so?

Re:multishot? (1)

maroberts (15852) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003742)

The first shot would likely break both your wrists. Good luck holding onto it for the other 8 rounds in the clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezBdC6l3LRU&feature=youtu.be [youtube.com] proves you are wrong, even if the demonstration should not really be attempted by anyone! However, it seems women were more expendable in the 1950s....

Old News (1)

ISoldat53 (977164) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003260)

They had these 25 years ago.

How many bullets are in a gun? (1)

GoldAnt (899329) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003376)

I don't think a clipboard blocking a bullet is going to stop somebody from continuing to shoot...

Habit and reflexes (1)

Quila (201335) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003412)

If they get into the habit of bringing the clipboard up to the car they just pulled over, a natural reflex when confronted with a gun would likely be to shield themselves with whatever's in their hand -- the clipboard. So why not make it bulletproof?

I can see this saving a few lives. Why not, unless there are other avenues where the money could save even more lives?

On the other hand, did they test this against a standard backstop, or in a usage situation? If an officer is holding it at writing length and it's shot, will it just flip back in the officer's hand, letting the bullet continue on to hit him?

YUO FAIL IT!? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38003468)

at this point 0sers. This Is of playing your

Anti- (1)

0xG (712423) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003652)

Wouldn't that be an "anti-ballistic" clipboard?
A ballistic clipboard would be a weapon.

Re:Anti- (1)

Mordermi (2432580) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003780)

Not quite. #5

ballistic (blstk) [Click for IPA pronunciation guide]
—adj
1. of or relating to ballistics
2. denoting or relating to the flight of projectiles after power has been cut off, moving under their own momentum and the external forces of gravity and air resistance
3. (of a measurement or measuring instrument) depending on a brief impulse or current that causes a movement related to the quantity to be measured: a ballistic pendulum
4. informal go ballistic to become enraged or frenziedly violent
5. (of materials) strong enough to resist damage by projectile weapons: ballistic nylon

Some leaked memos (2)

Provocateur (133110) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003784)

Possible next-gen products depending on the success of the clipboard in the market:

1. Stickers for the clipboard: the word SHOOT on a green background, DON'T SHOOT on red, or the alternative white diagonal slash on top of the word SHOOT, each to be stuck on the appropriate clipboards, of course.

2. Bullet shaped pens

3. Angry bulletproof clipboards

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