Boeing has just filed a patent for “shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc” or more simply put: force fields. The defense company plans to use the patent to help protect military vehicles from incoming shockwaves generated by explosions. When a nearby blast is detected, vehicles equipped with the technology will be able to immediately neutralize them by emitting a blast of its own. While it won’t be able to protect from shrapnel or other physical threats, the technology could lead much further.
Boeing’s “Force Field” Patent