Saturday, December 5, 2009

Brain Freeze

A new motorcycle helmet is about to hit the market, it's called a ThermaHelm

What's the big whoop? The helmet acts like a brain-cooling device to minimize brain injury after a collision. It turns into a cooling chamber for your noodle when activated by sudden impact.

The technology has been around for a while. It's just like those instant ice packs for first-aid kits.

Here's a cut-away of what happens inside a ThermaHelm helmet. This is your brain - this is your brian in a ThermaHelm.

Two small chemical packs are built into the helmet lining, one containing water, the other ammonium nitrate.

When a collision occurs and the rider bounces off the pavement head first, the chemicals (in the helmet) mix together and initiate the endothermic (cold) reaction which is immediate and starts cooling the brain to prevent swelling.

This is the guy who came up with the idea of putting the chemical packs into a helmet, Julian Preston-Powers. His ThermaHelm brain cooling device has been patented. JP says it will help reduce the damage caused by the swelling of the brain post trauma.

In my case... I hope there's a 7-Eleven close by when I hit the pavement.

While the ThermaHelm's effects lasts for 30-45 minutes to help prevent brain damage... a Slurpee's effects are immediate and some times feel as if they last as long.

Another ThermaHelm benefit is that there is no need to remove the helmet to reduce swelling. Speaking of swelling... I've got brain freeze lookin' at that.

Sorry I digress.

This little guy has obviously never even heard of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). What ever you do, if he's ridin' buy with his owner don't yell... SQUIRREL!

As for these dudes... ah, those lids ain't gonna do a damn thing post crash. But a likkle Rum mon, will help ease the pain.

Ace ♠

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