The Sassy Hats Project
The Sassy Hats Project is a NESTA supported feasibility study which enables us to work with a professional clothing designer to create prototypes for a new generation of soft, stylish protective headwear. We envisage these hats being used for medium risk activities such as winter hill walking, recreational skiing and energetic child play.
Protecting young brains
Traditional "woolly hat "design
Kids don't have to look different because they are wearing protective headwear.
Engineering features that make SALi based head protection unique
This photograph shows the type of SALi padding used in the prototype
hats. The capsules are expanded polystyrene beads in a thick viscous
fluid.. The beads can be quite stiff, similar to the foam used in hard
shelled helmets, but the fit is far more comfortable, because the pads
mould to the shape of the wearers head.
Could Sassy hats offer a comfortable alternative, to conventional, rigid cycling helmets?
The risk of brain damage to cyclists involved in traffic accidents is high. The risk is reduced, but not eliminated by wearing a helmet. Sassy Hats may be superior to conventional hard helmets for some types of accidents, but research must be done, to verify this.
The logjam preventing development: We are waiting for the PedSALi and CrashSALi projects to deliver research results on the impact energy absorbing performance of different SALi filled bag designs, before applying for further research funding, to look at the potential benefits of Sassy Hat type cycling helmets.
If you have a professional interest in this project please contact us.