The MIPS Solution
In Sweden, neurosurgeons, research scientists, and engineers collaborated to create the Multi-directional Impact Protection System, or MIPS, to allow helmets to better protect the human brain. This technology was created to reduce rotational forces on the brain caused by angular impacts. With MIPS, a low-friction layer placed between the liner and helmet shell allows the helmet to slide relative to the head during impact. Testing shows that rotational acceleration could be reduced by up to 39 percent without altering energy-absorbing properties in direct, radial impacts. In 2014, MIPS AB entered into a partnership with BRG Sports, parent company of Bell Helmets and other helmet companies. In addition to Bell, MIPS technology is now available in a wide variety of motorcycle helmets, including Fox, Fly, Answer, MSR, and O'Neal.