A Malaysian professor and his student succeeded in inventing an inexpensive, light, yet strong bullet-proof vest using fiber from coconut shell and fiberglass.
Professor Dr. Mohammad Dan Mohammad Palil said in press statements Wednesday that he and his student, Mohammad Yuhazri Yaakob from Universiti Teknikal Melaka (UTeM), wanted to prove to the world that Malaysia can invent different products inexpensively and using recycled waste material.
"Bullet-proof vests are usually made of ceramic mixed with another material, Kevlar, to give it the might to stop a bullet," he said.
"However, the combination of these two materials causes the vest to be expensive and also very heavy," he added.
He pointed out that an ordinary bullet-proof vest costs around USD 4,568 and weighs 9 kilograms (kg), while his invention was only 3kg and costs about USD 571.
"The test proved that the vest is capable of stopping 9mm caliber bullets at a 5 meter range," Mohammad Dan said.
The invention, which took two years to be created, won the gold at the 35th Geneva International Exhibitions of Inventions and New Techniques and Products last April.
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