If you really want to make a splash as an intern then start thinking outside of the box, man.
What do jackets and/or goggles do that you might be able to get a helmet to do?
How about a helmet with flip-down internal visors?
How about a helmet with a built in camera?
How about a helmet that can hold your lift pass (its RFID, right?)
How about a helmet that can hold/store power or a battery for a cell phone or mp3 player?
How about a helmet with a built in flashing LED light or radio+boom mic to make finding your pals easier during a blizzard?
How abour a helmet built to flow air down onto your goggles to reduce fogging?
How about a helmet with a trail map holder on the inside liner so that I don't get lost on the hill?
How about a helmet with external speakers so that I can kick out the jams at the terrain park?
The only way you're going to 'improve' helmets is to offer features beyond just protection. Maybe a helmet with a removable beanie liner or microfiber liner? Something with a built-in or detachable camera holder for when I want to video my runs with a digital camera?
Don't be afraid to look at helmets for other sports for inspiration. Helmets with built in beacons for bc folks?
There are a ton of things that MIGHT work.... go ahead and try some of them and see what you and the company can learn from the attempts
P.S. I have an old Protec helmet from my inline skate days in the 90's that I repainted, but am about to retire due to its age (and the foam coming out)
I’m a design intern at Pro-Tec looking for suggestions on how snowboarding protective gear (helmets/pads) can be improved.
I'd appreciate it if you could leave some quick comments on your gear- or anything you want to see in future gear.-Thanks!
1 Do you own / wear protective gear (Helmet/ pads/ protectors)
2 What brand/ model?
3 Why did you choose it?
4 What do you like about it?
5 What problems have you noticed about it?
6 If you were to get another helmet- what features would you want in it?
What comes to mind when you hear Pro-Tec? Anything you associate the brand with?