This motorcycle helmet is designed to save your scalp. Not just your scalp, but your brain, because it's your brain that can suffer permanent impairment if you get tossed from a motorcycle. Now, if you survive such a toss, it's very possible you will suffer Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or spinal cord injury. But this helmet's been 15 years in the making so that it can offer nearly 70 percent more protection against TBI than other motorcycle helmets.
You probably know about the NCAA, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, but did you know that there is a National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)? It has approximately 200 college and university members, and more than 5,000 students at these institutions are on entrepreneurial inventor teams (E-Teams). Now, 15 of those teams are getting ready for a face-off at the March Madness for the Mind showcase in San Francisco.
Yesterday, I wrote about the Electrolux Design Lab concept for 2050, Heart of the Home. To give you an idea of how out there Heart of the Home is (and I mean that lovingly), the kitchen's pots and pans are traced into existence with an index finger, and they don't need to be washed or stored, just erased!
Now, wait until you see what Philips Design has cooked up for 2050!
The large helmet is the ExAblate 4000, a magnetic resonance guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) device, by Israel's Insightec. ExAblate 4000 has been tested successfully to isolate and destroy the smallest of tumors in the brain, without affecting the surrounding tissues or bones. Now, researchers are looking at the technology to do the same with blood clots that can lead to stroke.