The world has ample supplies to help protect schoolchildren from bullets, with products including bulletproof backpacks, clothing, whiteboards and desks. But now, Israeli designer Hila Raam has developed backpacks that protect students from bombs as well.
The 27-year-old recently debuted her creation of a bomb-proof backpack, which can protect a wearer’s vital organs in emergencies.
Raam designed the backpack as part of her final project in industrial design school. As terror attacks are a constant threat in Israel, she decided such a product could help save lives.
“I just came about to realize that a lot of people are in situations that they cannot protect themselves,” Raam told The Huffington Post.
The backpack is made out of Kevlar, a synthetic fabric used in military vests. Attached to the backpack is a removable bomb-proof vest and bomb-proof hood. According to Raam’s website, the product –- named “Rhinoskin” -- can protect children’s heads, necks, backs and the sides of their bodies.
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While she's marketing the product specifically for schoolchildren, in the future she hopes to create bomb-proof products for all ages. Further, though she designed the backpack with Israel in mind, she believes that it could benefit children throughout the world. Indeed, some American parents have already expressed interest in purchasing the item.
“In the attacks on the United States, the gun shootings that happen throughout the past year and a half … I also wanted to make a solution,” Raam said. ”Just a few minutes ago parent from the United States sent me an e-mail that he wants to buy the product for a 17-year old son.”
Raam is currently looking for investors for the product, which according to estimates, will cost about $500. Still, she is surprised about the amount of attention the backpack has received thus far.
“Everyday since I marketed this product when I put it on the internet I get a lot of mail from people who want to buy it," she said. “I didn’t expect this much of an interest -- its global. It's amazing, it's talking to so many people in so many different cultures, and its not talking about politics, it's talking about just saving lives.”
(Hat tip, Daily Mail.)