The future of safety helmets - twICEme x Konstfack

Feb 1, 2022

In partnership with Twiceme Technology design students from Konstfack, Sweden’s largest University for design and arts, explored what the smart safety helmet of the future could look like.

The project

During the fall of 2021, engineers from KTH were asked to update and develop Twiceme Technology’s hardware catalogue with the goal to enable the best possible user experiene. A part of the project was a collaboration with design students from Konstfack, who were invited to explore a design concept of the "smart construction helmet of the future".

Taking into account all the people circulating on a construction site, the design students addressed the questions:  What should a helmet feel like? What should it communicate? What are users looking for? Which one is the best-selling model? And why? Through repeated clay and sketching workshops, they found a design concept that was in line with the on forehand formulated insights that the future of personal protective equipment is smart.  

Model of a potential helmet
One of the design concepts that was developed at Konstfack

The result

Three design concepts were narrowed down to a combination of the model “Dumbo” and “Wave”. The recessed top surface was meant to be a notch or dent where the user would place their phone to scan the integrated device. It would also add rigidity to the oval shape. The front visor protects from rain and other elements. Konstfack's design idea was later digitally refined by the students at KTH, who did the final touch on the conceptual helmet to meet the certification requirements for a safety helmet.

Konstfack’s design students are creative, forward-thinking, and equipped with tools and methods for solving complex tasks. Working with them has given us vital insights into what the future of safety helmets could look like. Thank you all!

Rendered model of a potential future safety helmet
Safety helmet of the future - according to design students at Konstfack
Safety helmet of the future - according to design students at Konstfack

Construction - A changing industry

Protective equipment in the construction industry is undergoing a major change - the same change that protective equipment in the sports industry underwent a few years ago - and higher demands are being placed on what personal protective equipment that is being used. According to an industry professional through Safety and Health Magazine, one of the trends in the construction segment is the shift from traditional hard hats to industrial safety helmets.

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