MIPS is a protection system developed to increase safety and protect the brain. The solution is patented and many describe it as revolutionary in its way of protecting the brain against rotational energy. Research and development has been going on for 20 years and has taken place together with the Swedish universities KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Karolinska Institute. Numerous tests have been performed to ensure and further develop the innovation. As recently as October 2019, the Polhelms Prize was awarded to the researchers who were involved in developing the MIPS security solution.
The MIPS technology is scientifically proven to reduce damage from rotational energy. It does this by absorbing and redirecting rotational energies and forces transmitted to the brain from angled blows to the head.
Emulates the brain's built-in protection system
he development of MIPS is based on many years of studies of the biomechanical properties of the human brain. The brain is surrounded by cerebrospinal fluid that protects it by letting it slide when subjected to an angular impact. MIPS mimics the cerebrospinal fluid and adds a low friction layer that allows a relative movement of 10-15 mm between the head and the helmet in any direction
Proven to make a difference The difference between a helmet with and without MIPS is that MIPS allows the helmet to rotate 10-15 mm relative to the head, thereby reducing the rotational energy that is otherwise transferred to the brain. More than 20,000 tests at MIPS modern laboratory in Täby, Stockholm prove that MIPS always provides protection compared to a helmet without MIPS.
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Questions & answers about MIPS
What is MIPS?
The Multi directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) is designed to addprotection against rotational motion (or kinematics) transmitted to the brain from angled impacts to the head. Rotational motion is a combination of rotational energy (angular velocity) and rotational forces from angular acceleration that both affect the brain and increase the risk for minor and severe brain injuries. MIPS’ added protection system has been proven to reduce rotational motion when implemented in a helmet by redirecting energies and forces otherwise transmitted to the brain.
Where can I see my MIPS layer?
The low friction layer is the yellow part that is located under the comfort padding of the helmet.
Is MIPS developed by a helmet company?
No.MIPS was started by scientific and medical researchers with a passion for safety. They wanted to develop a product that could make helmets safer.
Does it work at any impact angle?
Yes. MIPS works independently of impact direction. It is a multi-directional impact protection system.
What is an angled impact to the head?
An angled impact is the way you most often fall, regardless of whether from a height or stumble and hit your head at an angle, not in a straight vertical hit.