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New helmet lets the user know when its too damaged for use

The Swedish-designed helmet has a network of stress sensors all over it and measures the amount of damage it sustains over time

LONDON: For cyclists or recreational skiers, who hit the slopes often, having the right gear could be the difference between life and death in case of an accident.

Wonder product: POC’s Skull Orbic HI MIPS helmet uses a system of stress sensors to measure the amount of damage it sustains as the result of impacts and adds them up over time to tell a person when the helmet is no longer effective
Wonder product: POC’s Skull Orbic HI MIPS helmet uses a system of stress sensors to measure the amount of damage it sustains as the result of impacts and adds them up over time to tell a person when the helmet is no longer effective

To solve the problem of people using old or damaged equipment, a hi-tech skiing helmet has been invented that has a network of stress sensors all over it. The Skull Orbic HI MIPS helmet measures the amount of damage it sustains on impacts and adds them up over time.

Users can check the integrity of the helmet lining by pressing a button on the back. When the helmet has sustained impacts that rise above a recommended level, a red light turns on to let the user know it is time to invest in a new one.

It comes with MIPS — multi-directional impact protection system — to help reduce impact to the brain in the event of a crash. Made by Swedish company POC, the helmet is scheduled for a winter launch his year and is pegged at £289 (Rs 29,476).

The gear succeeds the Skull Orbic Comp helmet, which has a deflector panel that allows slalom gates to be deflected without hitting the head so hard. This means that serious skiers can invest in the helmet. The helmet has already won an award, even before going on sale, and has been called ‘one of the most effective helmets in the world.’ The company is also rolling out a recreational helmet, with built in Beats by Dr Dre speakers.

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