Brain Injury Awareness Made Possible by Protolabs' Manufacturing Grant
Tozuda brings visibility to an invisible injury with impact sensors for sports and recreation helmets
Digital manufacturing leader Protolabs has announced that Tozuda is its latest Cool Idea Award winner. Attached to sports helmets, the head impact sensors made by this Philadelphia-based company of the same name change color to bright red when they experience an impact potentially strong enough to cause a concussion.
Protolabs’ Cool Idea Award provides in-kind manufacturing services to support development of life- changing products. Tozuda used Protolabs' on-demand molding services to produce components for the sensor. With the help of Protolabs' engineering team, Tozuda was able to finalize its design and identify the right manufacturing process.
“Knowing that we’ve helped a company whose invention can help identify the kind of dangerous impacts that could cause long-term brain injuries is a great example of why the Cool Idea Award program exists. We look to grant the award to inventors and entrepreneurs who not only want to build a profitable business model, but also affect the lives of others in a meaningful way.” said Brian Peters, Chief Marketing Officer at Protolabs. “Our on-demand manufacturing service is ideal for Tozuda’s merging of technical and design simplicity in a small footprint.”
Almost 4 million people will suffer from sports- and recreation- related concussions in the United States this year alone. In boys’ high school sports, for example, the vast majority of these happen during football games and practices. For girls, it’s soccer. Workers in industries that require protective headgear, such as construction, can benefit from Tozuda, too. The name, tozuda means “hard-headed” in Spanish.
“It was important to us that Tozuda be affordable,” said Jessie Garcia, CEO & founder. “Young athletes and professionals in dangerous work situations deserve to know if their head injuries require a physician’s attention.”