Riding a horse, though an exhilarating experience can be a very dangerous sport. Riding a bike could be worse. Most fatalities caused by riding accidents are caused severe trauma to the brain and the bleeding which follows. Trauma to the brain could be reduced with the help of a scientifically designed helmet which protects the skull region from injuries, for example, when you fall off the back of a horse. Scientists at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and Karolinska Institutet (KI), have developed a technology called the Multidirectional Impact Protection System (MIPS). MIPS helmets can protect a user by up to 40% better than a conventional helmet.
The helmet itself is inspired by the brain’s protecting system and a dual layer structure compensates for the rotation of the brain when an oblique imapact takes place. When a rider falls and there is an impact to the head, a low friction layer in the helmet detaches and enables for the absorption of energy from the impact and protects his/her head from injury. Syntes Studio has helped the scientists design the product and it also features a ventilating system. Since it combines medical science and technology with market oriented production, it could achieve good success.