The Japanese company Marudai Corp
. has come out with an armored iPhone case capable of stopping a .50 caliber bullet.
You ever see one of those old western movies where the hero gets shot, only to reveal that the bullet miraculously hit his pocket Bible, the locket given to him by his lost love, his sheriff’s badge, or some other convenient piece of body armor? Now, that movie cliché can be brought into the 21st century.
Once you screw the cover in place, a full inch of solid steel
will guard your precious text messages and Twitter updates from the onslaught of bullets that will probably never be fired at you. All of this protection comes at quite a cost, however. Not only will it turn your sleek, lightweight iPhone into a 4.5 pound hunk of uncomfortable metal, but it will also set you back $650 (in case you’re wondering, the cost of a 16GB iPhone 4 without a contract is $600).
Here’s the real kicker: the armor plating is only on the back of the phone, leaving the front touch screen open. That means that this bullet proof phone case is only effective 50% of the time. Can you imagine how ticked off you’d be bought this iPhone cover, actually got shot at, and then discovered that the bullet hit the wrong side
of your phone?
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