For most people, the brand McLaren throws up images of rip-roaring sportscars, but the company also has a technology and design operation, McLaren Applied Technologies, which is flexing its technological prowess through the creation of a high-tech body shield created for an unnamed billionaire client.
Dubbed the 'Invincible Shield,' this piece of bespoke body armor aims to protect its wearer while they rehabilitate from surgery. The shield is designed to be worn under the shirt at all times, and is designed to protect the wearer's heart and lungs while his ribcage continues to mend.
By making use of 3D scans of the client's body, as well as composite materials and gel infusions, McLaren was able to create a piece of futuristic body armor that protects its wearer without inconveniencing them in their day-to-day activities.
While it's true that this body shield is a one-of-a-kind bespoke creation, it speaks to the capability of forward-looking design companies to create health-based solutions using the latest materials and 3D-printing technologies.