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  Perception

Perception - "false security" and
the re-design of helmets

2004-05

All persons moving faster than walking need helmets, from bicycling to motorbiking to skiing. Currently the perception of safety is a "false" perception. The Archeworks team explored the issues of safety and good design, designing new helmets and explore what can be added to existing helmets for "true" safety. The team did research and analysis of existing bicycle helmets and their related technologies; they analyzed existing head-protecting devices and support padding utilized by other disciplines such as football, baseball, hockey, auto and motor cross racing, horse racing, skiing, skateboarding, slam ball, water polo, and jai lai; they also reviewed typical bicycle riding conditions and, more importantly, the type of accidents those conditions foster. Using their research, the team designed and prototyped an improved helmet technology (“iht”) package for bicycling whose correct usage quantifiably provided an environment less likely to attract accident conditions; and, when accidents occur, a helmet that allowed for maximum protection given the virtually limitless number of accident situations. Upon obtaining funds, the prototype will be tested for marketability.

PROJECT UPDATE:

Archeworks Helmet Top Nominee at INDEX 2007 International Design Award!

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