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post #1 of 6 Old 06-21-2015, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Innovation in structural helmet design

Interesting, and not without controversy...

Ground-breaking design shakes up motorcycle helmet industry | Stuff.co.nz

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-22-2015, 04:38 AM
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Years ago I read about a gel skin cover that would be attached to the outside of the helmet. It would act about the same as the layer of skin/fat that you have on your head. The results is that when something hits your head, it's impact would be moved in all cases except perpendicular. And at perpendicular, would defuse.

This seems to do the same thing, except in two layers. Having a rigid outer shell might have some advantage, but the concept seems to be the same. It mimics the function of the skin on the head and hands so I think it has merit.

The product was much like a gel seat pad that would cover the helmet. It never caught on.

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-22-2015, 06:40 AM
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Interesting... I found this a while back. It replaces the EPS with a honeycomb of tubes.The New Materials That Are Revolutionizing Helmet Safety Right Now

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post #4 of 6 Old 06-22-2015, 09:59 AM
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We learned quite a long time ago that building a super hard tub was terrible for survivability in cars, so it flabbergasts me that we still do the same for helmets. I'm glad that there actually is improvement, but with today's technology we should be well past the stuff that's just now coming out. Personally I blame the regulatory and legal environment; new helmet designs are more risk than they're worth to the established companies. It's good to see that there are little guys willing to step up.
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Very interested in seeing where this goes. Just not keen on being the lab rat during the trial period.
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-22-2015, 11:34 PM
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Someone should make a gel cover like they do for smart phones. It could be sold as a non-safety decoration to avoid lawsuits, but the fact is that a gel cover on your smart phone can save it from a drop.

Too many lawsuits, too many regulations, it's killing us.

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