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Idea: Liquid Filled Helmet

12
March
2014
  Posted at 06:00:00 PM
  File under  Ideas Helmets
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

An inventor filed a patent for a liquid-filled helmet, like those on motorcycles. The problem is that the traditional padding inside helmets deform and no longer supply the right kind of protection you would expect from a helmet.

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However, with a little bit of digging, you can see that the idea is not new (see drawing above and look at the date on top of the drawing). Back in 1958, someone already came up with that brilliant idea. Patent application # US3039109 A Open Google link in a new window was filed in 1958 and granted in 1962, and for the same reasons as above, came up with the solution of filling the helmet with a gel-like liquid.

Liquid Filed Helmet

But obviously over the following decades technology got better, so why not revisit the idea and see what comes up. Patent # US20120151664 A1 Open Google link in a new window was filed in 2010, and calls for the helmet liner to have a gel-liquid.

Liquid Filed Helmet

IMHO, the only thing that would do the job perfectly is d3o Open link in a new window, but as what cost? Not only the financial one, but how about weight? Helmet manufacturer are trying to make helmets lighter and lighter, and putting a liquid in it is going to make it much heavier. Which is why you don't find D3O in helmets (they do have D3O Beanie helmetD3O Beanie helmet made for skiing, etc).

Maybe to make this popular is to fill it with beer and place a drinking straw from the helmet to the biker's mouth. That could work, right?





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