WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES
WHAT WE DO
PERSONAL LIGHTNING PROTECTION
At Zoltar, we research and tests personal lightning protection garments designed to reduce or mitigate lightning-caused injuries and death.
DESIGNED FOR VERSATILITY
From recreational and outdoor clothing to workplace protection, the garment developed by Zoltar is lightweight and can be built into existing clothing.
INNOVATION IN PROGRESS
Led by a dedicated team, Zoltar is currently working to bring these garments to market by experimenting and perfecting their design.
THE POWER OF LIGHTNING
Humans have long respected the power and danger of lightning. In many cultures, lightning bolts were only wielded by the most powerful of deities. The thrill of its appearance continues to excite the imagination today.
Yet, lightning remains just as dangerous and deadly as ever. Worldwide, up to 24,000 people are killed by lightning annually, with 240,000 injuries. Those at the greatest risk for getting struck include professions that work outdoors and people participating in outdoor recreation.
By developing personal lightning protection gear, Zoltar aims to reduce the risk of lightning and prevent deaths across the globe.
People killed annually by lightning strikes
Cause of environmental death and injury
Estimated annual cost of lightning, globally
Lightning deaths are by cardiac arrest
MEET OUR TEAM
DAN SCHLAGER, MD FACEP | CEO & PRESIDENT
Dr. Schlager is a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Science Center. With over 25 U.S. and international patents, Dr. Schlager has a successful history of developing products.
HARVEY MEISLIN, MD FACEP | BOARD CHAIR, VICE-PRESIDENT
Dr. Meislin is the Founding Chair of the University of Arizona Department of Emergency Medicine, and the 30th President of the American Board of Medical Specialties. He has been awarded grants and contracts totaling over $15 million.
WILLIAM BARINGER, PHD | ELECTRICAL ENGINEER CONSULTANT
Dr. Baringer specializes in portable wireless solutions, digital cellular handset and base station architectures, antenna design, and RF propagation analysis and design. He has assisted in the development of many products, including the Fitbit.
MARK MALETZ | STRATEGIC ADVISOR
A senior fellow at the Harvard School of Business, Mr. Maletz is an internationally recognized thought leader in the areas of strategy, leadership development, and organizational transformation.
When lightning strikes the human body, it finds the quickest pathway to the ground. In most cases, this means passing through the body, including through vital organs such as the heart. This much voltage dissipating into the interior of the body often causes severe injuries or even death.
What if your clothing could divert some of that energy?
Our idea is simple: design a lightweight garment or garment addition that encourages the lightning to move across the surface instead of through the body, greatly reducing the voltage sustained by organs like the heart.
It’s an idea that has the potential to save lives.