In science fiction movies, some of the coolest (and seemingly most impossible) technology is used on defense, not offense - force fields. That it, mostly-invisible shields of energy that protect the user from incoming attacks. Defense mega-contractor Boeing recently secured a patent for something it calls "Method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc ." The question is, has Star Wars technology finally arrived on real-life battle fields?
In a word, no. But if Boeing's patented device works as the patent describes, what they've accomplished is still pretty amazing.