I finally have proof that I am not the person that comes up with the most ludicrous ideas on earth.
17th April, 2012 @ 9:55 p.m. (California Time)
This may stop the round but unlikely to dissipate the energy especially if was in a pocket at the time.................
18th April, 2012 @ 3:40 a.m. (California Time)
^^ I'm with Slowburn :)))
18th April, 2012 @ 5:04 a.m. (California Time)
Hmm. that aint a 50 cal round in the picutre, and as far as the armour goes, it had better be hardened, and I would not want it in my pocket when it got hit: "with a capability of completely perforating 0.875" (22.2 mm) of face-hardened armor steel plate at 100 yards (91 m), and 0.75 inches at 500 yards."
18th April, 2012 @ 7:28 a.m. (California Time)
Given the prevalence of firearms - and people ready and willing to use them - in certain countries, perhaps there's a market for these cases after all. Might just save more than an iPhone....
18th April, 2012 @ 7:41 a.m. (California Time)
the 50 cal is pretty much the big daddy of available calibers. It doesn't really get any bigger with ammo regular citizens can easily get ahold of.
I can't imagine any possibility that the screen shown could stop anything near a 50cal. I've seen much smaller ammo go through 3/4 inch steel plate easily, and Mark's right. You wouldn't want to get hit with it even with the phone case protecting you. The force of that blast could potentially kill you without penetrating.
18th April, 2012 @ 9:50 a.m. (California Time)
Good grief, a direct hit from the .50 cal. BMG. I don’t think so! Maybe they’re referring to the .50 cal. Action Express pistol round. A fraction of the BMG’s power, if true it’s still very impressive.
18th April, 2012 @ 10:47 a.m. (California Time)
What if I shot it on the front side?
18th April, 2012 @ 11:23 a.m. (California Time)
Thats real good news because now they can start making a 100 cal ? good news all around for baddies and goodies
18th April, 2012 @ 11:41 a.m. (California Time)
I'm with Dave and Mark. THis thing is a joke. Forget even the energy dissipation at the point of contact, what about deformation of the steel? That thing is going to be bent with a couple of inches of distension, that would bend the phone in the case as well. Not to mention that inertia will drive the case several inches into your body.
18th April, 2012 @ 12:06 p.m. (California Time)
The case might survive a civilian 50 caliber round (non-armor piercing and not the radioactive uranium rounds the US used in Afghanistan and Iraq by the millions) but the user would still die from the shock. It is reminiscent of the Timex commercials where a watch would be run over by a truck but still keep on ticking, not that the owner would care if the watch was on their wrist at the time.
18th April, 2012 @ 12:40 p.m. (California Time)
I suppose if you hit the thing with a .50 round it might survive in some shape or other, but the problem would be finding it unless it was welded down to something heavy. Otherwise it might well take off at a couple of hundred feet per second from the momentum transfer.
18th April, 2012 @ 2:20 p.m. (California Time)
Feeling nostalgic... this brings back the days when you could beat someone to death with your phone.
18th April, 2012 @ 2:22 p.m. (California Time)
So I guess this would be very handy if you don't want to be shot in the groin or upper front-thigh!
18th April, 2012 @ 2:54 p.m. (California Time)
The USofA military does not use 50cal ammo containing uranium, depleted or otherwise.
18th April, 2012 @ 7:43 p.m. (California Time)
What astute observation can I make that has not already been made?
I know... "It's a great idea, but it's a terminally stupid idea - but to be fair - it's a really great stupid idea".
No one will ever use it. No one in their right mind that is.
But glue a bit of hard foam rubber to the screen side, and get a hammer and you have a nice nut cracker / anvil for your desk.
You could glue some carborundum paper to the top and have a really nice pencil sharpener too.
Stick it in a big sock and swing that around your head and you have a fatal kind of a street fighting / domestic weapon.
Ummmm, you could light a little fire underneath it and have a roaster / fry pan for some sausages.
Ummmmmmmm If you had 2 of them you could stick one on each side of your head and play Dr Who and the Cybermen...
Ummmmmmmmmmmmmm an insect killer - place bug on face marked A, hit with face marked B......
Me thinks personally that it's just easier to wrap your phone in a plastic zip lock lunch bag and stash it in your clothing bag - and only do regular remote back ups if you need to.
18th April, 2012 @ 8:33 p.m. (California Time)
sorry gotta laugh, how absurd, if this was in your chest pocket and I spanked your hairless white chest Johnathan and hit this phone cover with 41AE you would not get up ever again, let alone the not shown 50 caliber round that would place your phone near the rear of where your heart lives with broken ribs, the 41AE would just crush your heart, yeah I load my own, and know the dynamics of impact speed and weight of the bullet
18th April, 2012 @ 8:47 p.m. (California Time)
If I'm getting shot by a 50 cal, I'd probably not be so concerned if my personal techno bling gets hit...
Even without deformation of the case, would the phone actually survive the acceleration from the transfer of momentum?
Why stop at protecting the back? If cost is no object, why not build up a 12 inch thick ballistic glass in the front and attach a sacrificial touch layer on top. Make the whole thing hermetically sealed. Then you'll need to add a small nuclear generator to keep the phone powered up for the next 30 years. As a result, heat build up might become an issue, so we'll need to build in a refrigeration unit within the housing. While we're at it we should also add a layer of heat insulating tiles from the space shuttle orbiter...I hear NASA won't be needing them anymore. Finish off by adding auto-deploying air bag and parachute system, you could literally drop this thing out the window from space and save your phone!
The whole thing then should come with a complimentary BigDog to help transport the resulting 400 lb phone and case. You would finally have the badest-ass iPhone setup in the universe...that is unti Apple releases the next version with a entirely different form factor.
19th April, 2012 @ 1:42 p.m. (California Time)
Company doesn't provide proof.
.50 Caliber shot from WHAT? Sniper rifle? Revolver?
Makes huge difference!
Also, can withstand hit on display?
In the USA .50 is the legal upper limit for civilians except for black powder.
Shotguns are exceptions too.
12 guage = .73 caliber
19th April, 2012 @ 3:46 p.m. (California Time)
Reminds me of the 1997 Day of the Jackal remake where Bruce Willis shoots to death the maker of his gun mount with a 20 mm cannon as he held up the cigar in this hand as a target.
23rd April, 2012 @ 12:01 p.m. (California Time)
how about one for a 700 nitro express?
3rd May, 2012 @ 11:14 a.m. (California Time)
Not saying that the inventor has manufactured this from the correct materials but IF they have, then the "total square inches" size of the case is greater than the size of a rifle butt and therefore, the energy transfers from the relatively tiny projectile, out to the number of square inches of case size, and the impact damage to the person hit would be about the same as (or less than) the shoulder of the shooter. Of course, all bets are off if the case folds up around the projectile or pooches out into a projectile-like shape upon impact. This is the same reason trauma plates are necessary in soft body armor when faced with higher energy rounds (i.e., the soft armor deforms too much.)
30th July, 2012 @ 1:28 p.m. (California Time)
First of all, that's no .50 cal bullet shown, since it's not five and a half inches long.
Now if you're holding the phone out when it gets hit, the screen, circuit board, and battery will spall, that is, become small particles that spray at destructive speeds. Kinda like getting shot with rock salt.
Now if the phone is in your shirt pocket, flush against your chest, I do think you'll survive a standard round, but it's gonna sting a bit. You're not gonna fly back like an action movie. It'll be similar to the kick the rifle gives.
15th October, 2012 @ 1:02 p.m. (California Time)
The iPhone 4 has flash on it yet if you look at the picture of the camera the hole is round meaning the flash is behind the case... I bet the case is a bitch to get off. (I know how old this is lol)
23rd April, 2013 @ 6:47 a.m. (California Time)
I don't know how I missed this two year old article. It's pretty funny. I don't think it will matter much if this phone is in your pocket or the sniper misses by half an inch.
27th July, 2014 @ 1:30 p.m. (California Time)