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MIPS offers new platforms to allow use on more helmets

Published August 29, 2017

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — At Eurobike, MIPS will introduce two new platforms for its Brain Protection System that the company said will "drastically increase the compatible helmet types and models." Both new platforms expand on the MIPS low-friction layer system.

“It not a new generation of MIPS that is better than what we have done as much as a new way to provide MIPS to our customers so they can use the system in a different helmet style,” said Josefin Löwgren, MIPS head of marketing.

The first product, the A1 (also called "the Pocket"), is a series of plates embedded in the helmet's interior and anchored between fabric layers. The plates move omnidirectionally. It integrates with the helmet padding, using the specially-designed plates to achieve 10 to 15 millimeters of movement to redirect damaging rotational motion from oblique head impacts.

The second platform, the E2 (also called "the Beanie"), is a soft, cap-like insert that acts as a full-headed low-friction layer for full-face bicycle, motocross and street sport helmets. The liner is made up of two multi-directional stretch fabric layers sewn together around a thin plastic foil. When inserted between the comfort padding of the helmet and the outer EPS shell, the liner provides broad coverage from rotational motion without sacrificing comfort or sweat absorption.

"MIPS is committed to protection from brain injury and, in order to make as much of a difference, we have to work with as many helmet brands as possible," said Johan Thiel, the CEO of MIPS. "Products like the A1 and the E2 expand how our technology can integrate with all kinds of helmets, giving MIPS the potential to help keep even more people at a lower risk for debilitating brain injuries."

Helmet models featuring the A1 and E2 will debut in the spring 2018 with several helmet brands.

MIPS is a Sweden-based company that licenses its technology to other helmet brands. In 2014, BRG, then the parent company of Bell and Giro, made an investment in MIPS.

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