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Fluid-filled Pouches May Make Helmets Safer, More Effective

Reuters reports that Florida researchers have develop a fluid-filled pouch helmet-insert that may better protect against concussions. Traditionally, helmets protect against “direct linear hits” but do not protect against hits from different angles. The new helmet insert would address the “other angle” hits – “the rotational or shearing force of off-center hits on helmets.” The fluids used are non-Newtonian fluids, where “when one of his fluid-filled cells is struck, the fluid squeezes through a tube into a second cell, thus neutralizing the force.” Researchers are set to unveil the new helmet today and will demonstrate its effectiveness to venture capitalists on January 20th.

Read the article published by Reuters.