Sign Up for the Newsletter
The most up-to-date news and insights into the latest emerging technologies ... delivered right to your inbox!
February 8, 2024
Some players on the field at Super Bowl LVIII will be sporting the latest high-tech helmets to offer advanced protection on the field.
One such model is the Zero2-R Matrix ID Trench helmet from equipment maker Vicis, fitted with 3D-printed padding that the company said gives players a lighter, better-fitting helmet.
The padding is made up of a lattice-work structure that absorbs the impact of hits on the field. While typically made of foam, the 3D printed version is more lightweight and can be tailored to meet the specific measurements and needs of players – protecting the highest impact areas for certain positions.
While the goal is to one day create enhanced helmets for all players on the field, for now, the specialized models are targeted at the quarterback and lineman positions, providing additional support and padding in areas of the head that are often the worst hit.
Players currently wearing Vicis helmets include quarterback Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49er defensive end Nick Bosa.
According to developers, these specialized models are anticipated to eventually roll out across colleges and high schools, aiding in player safety outside of the NFL.
Read more about:Super Bowl
Assistant Editor, IoT World Today
Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.
You May Also Like