Mips is a company where we manufacture a safety system designed for helmets. This system is developed with the intention of reducing rotational motion to the brain in the event of a crash. Research indicates that rotational motion poses a higher risk of brain damage compared to direct impacts. We refer to it as the Mips® safety system, and its purpose is to enhance safety in such accidents.
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Everything revolves around Mips low-friction layer. It mimics the brain’s own protective system, which allows the brain to move slightly inside the head. The Mips system is designed to work on the same principle. The low-friction layer is built into the helmet and makes the energy-absorbing layers (the “padding”) mobile so that the head can move 10–15 mm inside the helmet on impact.
Mips is a technology that is based on many years of research into the brain and brain damage, and we are firmly rooted in science. Our story begins in 1995, when brain surgeon Hans von Holst from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, began researching helmet construction. He based his research on the realization that the helmets available at the time did not offer sufficient protection against brain damage. He contacted the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm to initiate biomechanical research on the prevention of head and neck injuries.