Motorcycle helmets save the lives of riders every day – but the technology used to develop them isn’t perfect. During a collision, a helmet is, of course, what separates the rider’s head from direct impact. But what many people don’t realize is that a helmet that ultimately helped a rider survive a crash, can actually impede post-trauma treatment. That’s because the helmet needs to be removed without exacerbating any head or neck injuries incurred in the accident — a significant challenge for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) who are often racing against time to provide much-needed aid.
The Voztec full-face helmet, now a prototype, works around that issue with a hinged back section. To put on the helmet, the user opens that back and places it on his or her head. He or she then tightens side clips, which pull the helmet tight against the head. The back is then clipped closed and secured with a chin cup; there is no strap, another major structural change to the device.
In the event that a wearer is incapacitated, paramedics can easily remove the helmet using the clip on its top, with minimal movement required. Obviously, that would only be possible if first responders were aware of the Voztec technology, but the mechanism seems simple and intuitive enough for EMTs and others to figure out.
The Voztec helmet, which has been in development since 2005, is now in its fifth generation – but it looks like the creators, John Vozzo and Mark Bryant, are emerging as more serious contenders in this technology segment and have applied for patents in several countries for the helmet’s quick release features. The company is based in Australia. Check out a video showcasing the product’s key features.