Concept Presentation Airbag protection for seniors' hip fracture
• An effective protection against hip fracture, integrated in an aesthetic and comfortable belt • Combining our knowledge of airbag system, electronic detection, and garment integration to offer the best solution for a smart wearable device • 100% automatic device, no need to turn-on, to setup... • High-acceptability by seniors, using inflatable devices, light and comfortable • To be used in hospitals, medical centers, retirement homes, at home, outside... EveryWhere!
The Hip-Air belt integrates an electronic device that calculates the person’s position 500 times per second using gyroscope and accelerometer sensors. A complex algorithm enables the detection of a fall 200 milliseconds before the impact with the ground. As soon as a fall is detected an electronic signal is transmitted to the inflatable protections, folded on each side of the belt.
The two airbags will automatically deploy and protect effectively after 100 milliseconds. A big protection volume inflates precisely around the hips, to absorb and divert the impact energy, in order to limit hip fractures.
After the fall, the airbags will deflate automatically. Resetting the system is quick and easy, the airbags need to be folded back and a new gas cartridge installed.
The acceptability with wearing hip protectors has proven to be very challenging. Our airbag technology is designed to overcome barriers to acceptance, such as discomfort and negative perception of personal appearance.
Our folded airbag technology has the advantage of being light and thin, preserving full freedom of movement. The cartridge is CO2, a cold gas generator, which is very safe to use and handle.
• Big airbag protection around the hips (5 liters of inflatable protection on each side – 10 liters total) • The belt is adjustable in order to fit nicely whatever the person’s waist size. • The system turns on and off automatically • Switches to sleep mode automatically when the user is not moving. • The device has 15 days of battery autonomy
Created in 2001, Helite specializes in the development and manufacturing of wearable inflatable solutions. This unique expertise makes Helite a reference and world leader in its field. The two main markets Helite focuses on currently are horseback riders and motorcyclists. The domains of application for such an expertise are very diverse. Helite also develops B2B inflatable solutions for companies such as Michelin, Peugeot, Alstom and more.
HIP FRACTURE AIRBAG FOR OLDER ADULTS The hip fracture airbag has been a main R&D focus for Helite for the past 8 years. Indeed, we are frequently solicited by medical professionals to find a solution to prevent hip fractures. The need for such a device became obvious and a priority project for Helite, though technological and aesthetical constraints made it challenging. Hip’Air is the result of extensive research and dedication towards developing the best protection possible for the improvement of senior’s wellness.
MOTORBIKE SPORT Helite constantly innovates in Airbag jacket for motorcyclists. The two-wheeler market potential and number of users is very interesting for Helite to succeed in its mission: protecting as many people as possible from serious injuries.
EQUESTRIAN SPORT The most successful product as of today is the Airbag vest for horseback riders. Indeed horseback riders tend to fall and hurt themselves a few times in their career, so quickly they understand the need for airbags. Helite launched a product for horseback riders because the demand was very important and the development of a reliable and effective product quiet simple. The height and the speed when a rider falls is moderate enough for the airbag vests to be very effective and cover the majority of the falls.