A tough challenge for a tough environment. We were tasked with creating a helmet for ballistic protection that had universal connectivity for ancillary equipment.
This was a problem with huge implications on ergonomics, reliability, and ultimately safety.
The fundamental challenge was avoiding the use of through-helmet fixings for attachments. The reason for this is that ballistic impact can be transmitted directly through the helmet via the fixing.
Innovative thinking led to the finished product. However, the need to keep weight to an absolute minimum put a high dependency on the use of software simulation tools.
With the new system, heavy items can be moved to positions that reduce the strain on the user's neck. The cabling system also provides a low voltage power connection from the back to the front of the helmet without exposed and vulnerable leads.