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Learn about the latest technology to reduce brain damage in the event of an accident and to reduce friction in child restraint systems

Conoce la última tecnología para reducir las lesiones del cerebro en caso de siniestro y disminuir el roce en sistemas de retención infantil

10/11/2020

Once again, technology is being developed to enhance road safety. Reducing injuries in the event of a traffic accident when traveling by motorbike or bicycle goes one step further thanks to the technology developed by the Swedish company. MIPS Brain Protection System (BPS) adds protection against rotational movements transmitted to the brain. This technology is placed in helmets such as those used by cyclists or motorcyclists. This company has developed a special fabric that protects the skin from friction, a fabric recommended for people or children with sensitive skin as a result of having 'butterfly skin' condition. Child restraint systems become very uncomfortable in these cases. We discuss below what these two developments are and how they help to improve road safety. 

Bicycles, motorbikes or electric scooters can be perfect vehicles for moving around a city. However, it is important to wear adequate protection systems such as a helmet. With the aim of reducing the consequences and damage to the brain in a traffic accident, we have created MIPS Brain Protection System (BPS), a system that seeks to provide greater protection to the brain in the event or rotating movements. It should be borne in mind that when an accident or fall occurs, rotating movements damage the brain causing serious consequences. This system is integrated into the helmet and is able to reduce the rotation movement by redirecting the energies and forces that would otherwise be transferred to the brain. 

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MIPS is the acronym for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. This technology has been developed after more than two decades of scientific research and more than 31,000 trials. The company was founded by neurosurgeon Hans von Holst of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and by researcher Peter Halldin of the Royal University of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.  This technology was first implemented in a helmet in 2007. Since then,  this system is already implemented in more than 103 helmet brands in different disciplines and sports. 

The core of the MIPS BPS is a low-friction layer that allows the head to slide 10-15 mm in relation to the helmet in all directions, which reduces rotational movement on the brain. 

MIPS is developed in collaboration with the helmet manufacturer and tests are carried out at the MIPS Global Test Center on the outskirts of Stockholm. Just look inside your helmet to see if you have this new technology. A low friction layer is inserted under the comfort padding of the helmet. It is usually, but not always, yellow and has the  MIPS logo on the label, although this may vary from one helmet to another.

External tests have proven the effectiveness of this system, as is the case with the Swedish insurance company Folksam, which has carried out independent tests with bicycle, ski and horse riding helmets. Its benefits have also been published in the US publication Consumer Reports, and by the Swedish Technical Research Institute, which conducted an autonomous test in partnership with Testfakta, an independent research company that tests all types of consumer products. 

In this video you can see how MIPS works:

TECHNOLOGY THAT CAN IMPROVE CAR TRAVEL FOR CHILDREN WITH BUTTERFLY SKIN CONDITION

People with butterfly skin condition have extremely fragile skin. Depending on the severity, the main characteristic of butterfly skin is the formation of blisters and vesicles on the skin after the slightest friction or bump, and other organs may even be affected.
It is a genetic, hereditary, non-contagious, chronic and incurable disease that is constantly evolving. The child restraint system (CRS) is mandatory as it protects children on all their journeys. For children with butterfly skin, the simple fact of traveling in a child seat can cause them skin injuries. In this article we discuss this in depth and offer advice for these trips. 
A campaign undertaken by the DEBRA Butterfly Skin Association outlines the difficult situation which children with this disease have to face when traveling by car. We must be aware that any restraint system can easily injure children with this disease. Although the seats themselves have comfortable, padded harnesses, children with butterfly skin can be injured depending on the restrain system and the fragility of the skin.Choosing between suffering these consequences or traveling safely should not be an option. 
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GlideWear is a technology that protects the skin and strategically reduces friction. They are currently used as patches of the prosthetic lining that absorb the shear and protect the skin of people who, for example, have had a limb amputated and use a prosthesis. This technology can be applied to child restraint systems (CRS) so children with skin problems, such as those with butterfly skin, can travel safely without suffering any consequences. 

This technology reduces friction by 50-80% and protects the skin. In fact, it is also used for other elements such as underwear. 

This technology proves that we can still work on road safety, improving the way many people with different abilities must travel or reducing the consequences of traffic accidents until we achieve the long-awaited 'Goal Zero'.

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