• Feb 26th 2010 at 9:29AM
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Have you heard the expression "break neck speeds?" This often overused tag has become the go-to hook line in many motorcycle crash stories on your local evening news. A new design concept called Super Skin from Industrial Design Consultancy, or IDC, looks to address the core issue.
Eighty percent of current motorcycle related deaths are a result of head trauma, and experts agree that rotational forces are the obvious culprit in most of these cases. Taking a cue from how noggins normally protect themselves, IDC claims their "Skull and Skin" design reduces the force that Yoda wouldn't want to be with you by up to 50 percent, which reduces the possibility of permanent brain injury by 67 percent. We think we can all agree that those numbers are 100 percent positive! Simply put, the Super Skin is a flexible membrane wrapped over a gel barrier that allows it to stretch up to eight times its normal length. Take the whole recipe through a vacuum casting process, and it then becomes durable and retains the look and feel of a "normal" helmet.

Before we can get our heads clad in Super Skin, we'll be holding our breath until the summer season. Check with your local Lazer Helmet dealer for access to this creepy cool concept. Oh yes, there will be a price tag put on your head. The Super Skin line is rumored to start at $235 (based on the current exchange rate) and will be available in the open-face Rider or full-face Solano designs.

[Source: idc.uk.com]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't trust that price. Cutting edge technology should command some price premium. I'd like to see their supporting data.

      Until then I'll stick with my Arai.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have no problem whatsoever if new tech can do a better job for you, with less expensive processes or materials in new ways.

        They'll sell a ton of them if they are priced competitively, and can be sold at a profit that way.

        New tech does not automatically require a premium price just for psychological reasons of conspicuous consumption.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Crazy, great-thinking cool!

      How long until we can get a suit made of this?????
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's pretty awesome, and the price is pretty reasonable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      where have I already heard this at least 4 years ago..?

      anyway, this helmet works on the same principle as (you better not be eating right now) the skin on our skulls, which actually does peel away from the bone in case of scraping impact, using up kinetic energy that would otherwise rattle your neurons. yeah, I wince when I see idiots on scooters with no helmet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Once, after I dumped my Honda and cracked 4 ribs ( which sometimes hurt for years after)...I picked my self up, looked at where the gear shift peddle had wrapped around my boot tearing off the leather but not my toes. I removed my helmet looked at the three 4 inch long quarter inch deep cuts in it.... blessed my Shoei... then rode home and called a doctor. You know the old and bold...I made it to old.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have to laugh when I see that one particular "type" of rider... the one who buys the fastest crotch rocket they can, puts as much chrome and gold on as possible, and makes sure their hair is as spiky as possible to compliment their white frame sunglasses and their skin tight t-shirt, always on the verge of a roid rage breakout.

        Oh, and the kicker... a helmet, but attached to the side of the bike. Yea, that's what helmets are for, for decoration! Oh well, not my head. They're free to accept the consequences of their actions.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL, "Skin Crayon"
        Only comes in red.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Oh yes, there will be a price tag put on your head. The Super Skin line is rumored to start at $235."

      The blogger makes it sound like it's a super expensive helmet. I can only assume that he/she is not a rider. My Suomy Spec-1R commands a $600+ price tag. But you can't put a price tag on safety.

      Having said that, if it's too cheap to be true, then it probably is. If you were to sell a $50 bulletproof vest to law enforcement, they would raise their eyebrows at you. This is the same. A $235 helmet with some hyper awesome membrane technology? I don't think so.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Price doesn't necessarily directly relate to degree of protection.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, that is extremely cheap. I can't wait to see some comparison videos.
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