Disruptive in both form and function, the Madillo helmet is quite unlike any helmet you may have seen. For starters, it ditches the regular hard-hat shell you’d expect from a helmet, for something Lukas calls an auxetic material, or a material capable of stretching in a given direction. This material and unusual pattern gives the Madillo the ability to comfortably take the shape of your head, embracing its shape. Connecting cords hold the helmet together and can be stretched through the earpiece (image above), to adjust the Madillo helmet’s shape.
Its hollow, grille-like design also allows light to pass through its crevasses, giving the Madillo the ability to work as an indicator. A thin lighting module sits under the outer material, shining to indicate when you’re turning left or right. Visible to the people beside and behind you, this feature helps fellow drivers know where you’re headed… but that’s not all. The Madillo comes with a life-saving beacon too that lights the helmet up to attract the attention of passers-by. Additionally, it even sends an SOS signal out to the nearest hospital and summons for an ambulance, while transmitting your location to make sure you’re escorted to safety.
Forest planning is quite literally, from especially the scale of the task, a very difficult job. A handful of planners are required to cover massive lengths of ground, capturing the health of the forest, noting down aspects of its biodiversity, and basically capturing the forest on paper, so its protection can be done with utmost efficiency. It’s a tough, thankless job that requires months of work, and a human is expected to cover massive ground… but what if technology could do that?
The Humla Forestry Drone was built for this task. Small enough to be carried around on your person, the Humla sits strapped to your chest, and can be detached and deployed from anywhere. Three hubless propellers allow the Humla to fly around unencumbered, preventing them from getting stuck in branches, or worse, harming animals, and three strategically placed cameras can capture events from every single angle. Designed to aid forest planners with documenting every aspect of the forest, the Humla helps in completing menial tasks, like marking borders and protected areas. I suppose it could extend its use further and also be used as a forest patrol drone, to help rangers take care of their forests! When not in use, the Humla docks on a chest-mounted power-pack which charges it.
It’s the lull right after Christmas and before the New Year’s frenzy; the perfect time to get hold of those projects and submit them to the iF Concept Design Awards Awards 2013. Did you ask why? Well, because the iF Concept Design Awards is one of the most respected concept design awards that empower young student designers to make their mark. Hit this link to see the kind of projects we have previously covered on Yanko Design and you will know what I mean.
Exciting times lie ahead of us! Yanko Design being the official media partner for iF Design Talents 2012 (aka iF Concept Design) has exclusive access to the 368 Shortlisted Entries! Here is a recount of fifty projects that caught our attention and would like you take a sneak peak at. The winners will be soon announced, so stay tuned for that. Till then; best of luck to all the participants.