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NadineJ
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Re: Cost would make or break it
NadineJ   5/10/2012 10:45:26 AM
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Good point naperlou.  It would be more cost effective for the professionals to invest in these and improve the technology through practical use than what they're doing now.

I first heard about this idea last year after two high profile NHL suicides.  I'm a little skeptical about the efficacy of airbags in such a small space but I can't wait to see the prototype.

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Cost would make or break it
Beth Stackpole   5/10/2012 10:29:31 AM
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Completely agree with you Naperlou. Human brains are not architected to withstand that kind of force. I'm sure the military has similar technology already, but what about this type of sensor-based airbag technology for helmets worn by soldiers/reporters in the field that are subject to IED attacks. Folks like journalist Bob Woodruff could have been a beneficiary.

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Re: Cost would make or break it
naperlou   5/10/2012 9:24:06 AM
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Beth, good point.  I think this is the way to go, though.  Let the professionals, for whom a $1000 helmet would not be a burden, bear the cost of engineering and proof of concept.  If it works in that arena, then others will decide it is worthwhile and the volumes will go up.  Let's hope it works, becuase this is becoming a problem we are aware of and that is really preventable.

Beth Stackpole
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Cost would make or break it
Beth Stackpole   5/10/2012 7:07:33 AM
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What a great idea and so necessary, for both professional atheletes, our kids, as well as military and other rescue personnel. Clearly the problem is getting the cost down so it can be produced and commercialized at an affordable price point. I would think the NHL or NFL would buck up for the helmet, regardless of the expense. But in order to get it past the professional sports world, it's going have to become far more accessible. That's where they need to spend time on the engineering.

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