TECHNOLOGY

Helmet-based safety specialist Mips’ virtual test lab reduces costs and environmental impact

Using state-of-the-art computer science to virtually replicate and predict the response in helmet testing.
By JOHAN MAGNUSSON
December 21, 2021

No helmet or impact protection system can protect a user from all injuries, but Mips’ helmet-based safety and brain protection technology has been designed to reduce rotational energies to the head, which may lead to brain injuries. Their patented solutions are based on more than 20 years of research and development together with the Royal Institute of Technology and the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm. The company is a world leader in its field and the system is sold to the global helmet industry, working with more than 120 helmet brands and over 700 models.

Mips now continues to redefine new helmet concept testing, launching the next phase of its Virtual Test Lab (VTL). It makes it possible to begin prototyping new designs in a virtual environment, without the need for physical prototype production. It enables brands to understand earlier in the development cycle how the helmet will perform in both linear and rotational virtual testing as well as improve its performance. Improving the development process offers a more environmentally friendly process and is key to drastically reducing the time-to-market for new helmet innovation. The faster product development also means fewer iterations and less re-tooling and can reduce the cost of prototyping for brands and manufacturers. 

— Our 20 plus years of research and simulating real-world accidents have led us to this groundbreaking way to virtually test helmets. We are committed to our mission to lead the world to safer helmets and at the same time help to improve the development process for helmet brands. This is the way forward, and in a near future we will be able to virtually test all different kinds of helmets according to leading standards, all in the name of consumer safety and sustainability, says Max Strandwitz, CEO at Mips.

Listen to more on our visit to Mips’ Stockholm HQ and their physical test lab in our recent podcast episode here

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