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September 10, 2004

World's First Sculling Helmet


Funny, I never thought of sculling as especially hazardous to one's intracranial health, but this helmet's not designed for protection from physical trauma.

Instead, its purpose is to reflect the sun without hindering airflow to the scalp, thereby optimizing heat exchange and minimizing increases in head - and body - temperature.

Dirk Lippits, a Dutch sculler, was the first rower ever to wear this - or any - helmet in competition, at the recently completed Athens Olympics.

The helmet was custom-designed from a 3-D scan of his head, and created layer by layer from nylon powder using a 3-D CAD process.


It features integrated sunglasses to filter annoying reflections from the water.

September 10, 2004 at 03:01 AM | Permalink


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