The smart ski Airbag vest wins 2016 Red dot design award
The Spine VPD 2.0 Airbag Vest created by POC and In&motion has been selected as the winner of the prestigious Product Design Red Dot Award 2016.
POC, a leading manufacturer of skiing and cycling helmets, apparel and accessories, partnered with French company In&motion, specialists in the creation of wearable protection systems based on smart detection devices, to create an airbag vest to protect skiers from accidents. It’s capable of detecting a loss of balance, and inflating in less than100 milliseconds to absorb the shock related to an impact or fall.
The Spine VPD 2.0 Airbag Vest, which has already won several major awards for its technology and design at CES, ISPO and SIA, is already used by professional skiers in World Cup races, and will be on shops starting from July 2016.
Stefan Ytterborn, POC CEO and founder said - “To receive the Red Dot Award is overwhelming, energizing and truly inspires our daily work. We have a clear mission at POC, to do the best we can to possibly save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes and cyclists. For a number of years we have been exploring the potential of smart protection, new technologies and intelligent systems and we believe that the Spine VPD 2.0 Airbag vest is a major evolution in skier safety. We are immensely proud of the industry recognition, from the number of awards and user feedback, that it has received”.
The airbag system consists of integrated sensors and uses a precise algorithm to distinguish between a crash or fall from the normal forces associated with Alpine racing. In order to detect a loss of balance the system keeps track of a rider’s movement by performing 1000 analysis per second. When a fall is detected, the airbag is inflated to protect the neck, chest, spine, abdomen and hips.
Pierre-François Tissot, In&motion co-founder said “From the beginning, the user’s expectations were at the centre of the design and we worked closely with a specialist agency, Conicio, to focus on a product that was easy to wear every day and highly efficient during an accident. It was essential for us to take into account user feedback, requirements and sensations in order to develop a product which they could trust 100%. The Product Design Red Dot Award is a prestigious recognition of these efforts to design an innovative, quality and functional product
In&motion provide wearable smart protection systems in fields like sports, industry and health. With its team of dynamic engineers, the start-up released its first product on October 2015: the smart ski airbag vest, in partnership with POC. First reserved for professional skiers, the airbag vest will be available on store starting from July 2016. www.inemotion.com
Conicio is an industrial design agency offering an integrated design and engineering service for the creation and development of innovative interfaces and products.
About Red dot
The Red Dot is the prestigious distinction for high design quality. The international jury awards this coveted quality seal exclusively to products that stand out from comparable entries due to their good design or innovative character. Participants from 57 nations had registered about 5,200 products and innovations for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016.