British designer of Storm Trooper headgear develops low-cost PPE helmet
06 August 2020
Alan Meeks, the British inventor who designed the cordless kettle, Star Wars’ Storm Trooper headgear, and Masuri cricket helmets, along with Steve Jordan, an entrepreneur and inventor, have invented a cost-effective lightweight PPE helmet which will remove the need for social distancing.
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The hyperLID is a new lightweight, air filtering comfortable helmet. From its 3D printed prototype, it is estimated to be a quarter of the weight of a crash helmet, comfortable and able to be worn for long periods of time and easily mass produced with an ABS plastic injected or vacuum formed shell which would see the unit cost well below £10 per unit.
The hyperLID has smooth external surfaces that are easily wiped down with disinfectant, a spring loaded chin piece that moves away from the face when released to avoid possible contaminated areas coming in contact with the face, a sealed neck area with a lightweight and comfortable neoprene collar that has a large flap at the front which is fixed with Velcro, so allowing normal head movement.
A visor is pulled in tight with toggle clips to create a seal when closed but can be opened when it is safe to do so. There is also good audibility as the shell is lightweight, so hearing and being heard is not a problem, and there are air cooling capabilities to keep the wearer comfortable.