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Could the Kranium Cardboard Helmet Be the Next Big Step in Safety?

Royal College of Art student Anirudha Surabhi is the inventor of a new helmet design we never saw coming: the cardboard helmet. It sounds really funny, but taking a closer look at all the marvelous engineering ideas which summed all up into this new type of helmet makes you really wonder whether this could really mean a new era in protective headgear.
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Taking his inspiration from the cartilage separating a woodpecker's beak from the skull, Anirudha Surabhi has developed a modular cardboard structure which can withstand as much as three times more impact force than a traditional EPS shell, while still being 15% lighter.

As much suspicion as Anirudha Surabhi's Kranium helmet prototype generates, we cannot fail to assess Formula 1 team Force India incorporating the Kranium technology in their new helmet designs. And by all means, a Formula 1 is no stranger to life-threatening shocks in case things go wrong!

The cardboard used by Anirudha Surabhi has already been touted D2, as short form of Dual Density Honey Comb Board. Being manufactured from recycled paper, the D2 cardboard sports an intricate honeycomb design which makes it easy to work with and assemble into a structure with unbelievable resilience.

With much easier control over the rigid and flexing zones, the design of the Kranium looks really promising and we just can't wait to see Anirudha Surabhi's idea developed into a matured mass-production helmet.

 
 
 
 
 

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