Motorcycle Protective Equipment Thesis project.
Design a solution that improves the safety of motorcycle users, to reduce life threatening injuries without compromising their comfort.
User behavior and product research was conducted to find the needs not met by current solutions, and define areas for improvement.
Different scenarios of motorcycle crashes were analyzed to find the main parts of the body that need the most protection during a collision. Velocity and time patterns during a collision were examined to understand how the incoming forces affect the body upon impact.
Head and spine injuries and are the leading causes of fatal crashes and also the most common. These dramatically increase the medical costs needed to provide care for patients.
Innovative materials and wearable tech were researched to find alternatives in the methods used to provide the highest possible levels of safety.
Put on jacket
1. Insert arms into
2. Zip up
3. Fasten buckles (some jackets)
Put on gloves
1. Insert hands into gloves.
2. Fasten wrist buckles
Put on helmet
1. Place head inside the helmet.
2. Fasten helmet buckle
A variety of images were gathered to create a mood board for inspiration to accomplish the desired CMF and aesthetic.
The head and spine are the most vulnerable areas in a motorcycle crash. Sketches were developed to fulfill these success criteria.
A 1/4 scale model was made by 3D printing the helmet and using the tech pack made in CLO 3D for the garment.
The selected concept was further developed through more sketches and CAD iterations.
The following is the current outcome as a work in progress.
Magnets and neck brace secure inside liner to the helmet
Small electric muscles allow the garment to provide individualized support to the spine responding to incoming impact forces during a collision.
The electric muscles align with the neck and back composition to assist the user in maintaining proper posture for as long as 4-5 hours alleviating fatigue.