Deployable Arm Shield

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Tell us briefly about your project. Is it a work of art or does it serve another function?

I've always been a fan of "gadgetry" I've been inspired by a variety of superheros, super geniuses, and secret agents, to try my own hand at something you would only see on the big screen. The deployable arm shield serves to defend against attacks that a traditional shield would, while still being stealthy compact, and portable for the user.

When did you start working on this project and how long did it take you to complete?

I've been working on this project for over 2 months. The most challenging aspect was figuring out how to cut the materials in such a unique style and shape and how to fasten everything together with basically whatever I could find at the hardware store. I had to improvise on this prototype, but I am happy with the results.

What was your goal in building this project?

My goal was to build a stealthy shield that can easily deploy and defend against harm. I wanted to bring something to life that I'd only seen in movies and show people that anything is possible. Sometimes simplicity is the key.

Does your project help to solve a problem? If so what problem?

This shield can be taken into small areas where traditional shields may be too cumbersome. It can also fit into a backpack, and can be transformed to have a stealthy and sleek profile. Personally I solving the problem of "why hasn't this been invented yet?" I haven't seen anyone build something like this and I enjoy the challenge in doing so.

What makes your idea unique?

To my knowledge this idea is unique because I brought an invention to life that has only existed in science fiction. It uses minimal materials and serves its function to deploy and provide protection.

In what capacity are you using bearings and what type of bearings?

I am using a roller bearing. Its used to hold the pulley system in place, and also to anchor the plates so that whenever you pull the string, you have the rotation and the deploying of the shield.

What is the most important thing you want people to know about your project?

I want people to know that I worked completely alone on this project. I wanted to give up many times because I didn't think I had the knowledge to build a functional prototype. Even though it has a long way to go, never let a challenge stand in your way to fulfill your goals.

How will you use the $5,000 prize?

I will use the $5,000 prize to further my research on this project, and others, to buy stronger material to protect against more powerful attacks. I may work with "the Hacksmith" aka James Hobson to add to his Exo-Skeleton which was last years winner.

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