rush

Rush is a helmet designed to enhance the lifestyle of BASE jumping.
Leveraging integrated technology, intelligent materials and adequate form
factors, rush aims to make BASE jumping a safer, more badass sport. 

 

Special thanks to:
Fridolin Beisert.

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 BASE JUMPING
IS REALLY
F*CKING
DANGEROUS.
 

B.A.S.E. jumping is one of the world’s most dangerous sports; over 270 deaths have been reported over the last 30 years, that’s around 1 in every 60 participants.

More than 30% of these deaths have occured because of cliff strikes, entanglements, false exits and use of inadequate gear.

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The Challenges

The main challenges base jumpers experience are the poor integration between gear and technology, the outdated materials and construction of helmets and the need to use existing gear that wasn't designed for their lifestyle.

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THE SOLUTION:

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Full Field of View

The visor is one of the main and most important elements of Rush.
It allows for a wide field of vision, especially when being horizontal.
It lets the user see what is up, left, right, and most importantly, down. The lens is infused with melanin, which reduces glare and enhances the ability to read the terrain.

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Airflow & Vents.

The pattern on the middle-top area allows air to flow from the front to the back. The laterals of the helmet are fully enclosed, being the most vulnerable zones. The pattern is inspired by the shape of a person descending from the sky and its arrangement creates very little chance for debris to go into the helmet.

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Rush is equipped with Poron™  which can withstand great impacts and go back to its original shape without deforming permanently. Poron is used in industrial equipment as well as protective gear such as knee protectors and various bycicle helmets.

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Fast Release

In a case of emergency, jumpers might have to take off their helmets, with the implementation of Fidlock buckles it's extremely easy to release the straps. Fidlock's magnetic buckles can withstand forces up to 300lb and won't release unless the tab is pulled down.

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YOU SHOULDN'T
HAVE TO RISK
YOUR LIFE TO
GET THE SHOT. 

Rush's integrated camera creates a snag-free surface that prevents entanglements with the parachute lines. The overall experience is safer and more convenient.

The intuitive interface consists of physical buttons that let the user operate the camera without taking the helmet off. The helmet connects to their phone to preview and store the footage through Wifi.

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LIVE BEFORE
YOU DIE / RUSH

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THE PROCESS:

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OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE
PRODUCTS FOR TECHSAVVY MILLENIALS.

B.A.S.E. jumping is one of the world’s most dangerous sports; over 270 deaths have been reported over the last 30 years, that’s around one in every 60 participants.

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The Pain Points

Tangled parachutes on GoPro's, sudden terrain changes and cracked helmets were the biggest pain points to tackle. This three points determined the most important things that I needed to solve, protection, visibility and technology integration.

Concept Development

I sketched all throughout the design process. Sketching is fundamental to my process, it is my way of thinking and expressing my ideas, below are sketches from different stages of the design. 

Prototyping & Testing

Translating my thoughts into 3D accelerated the process and it led me to great discoveries including the right form factor, the position and size of elements, very rough look & feel, etc.

Aesthetics & Graphics

I wanted this helmet to look badass. Simple and refined but with a very futuristic and sporty look, like a collaboration between nasa and adidas. I curated a small collection of images that represented this idea of the badass & high-tech and then refined the look of rush to reflect that.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!