The most efficient way to carry weight is to position it centrally over the spine, yet many head loading methods are prone to causing injury. With ergonomics in mind for his Master of Engineering project, Richard Benc has developed the Halo as a safe and effective extension to the body, helping to support and distribute the weight of the load above.
The sturdy metal frame can be worn over the crown of the head and the shoulders, enabling the shoulders to share the burden and relieve the neck. The form has been sculpted to encourage a healthy, upright posture, reducing the likelihood of harm. With a piece of fabric wrapped around the Halo, a young woman can can more comfortably carry pots and jerrycans of water great distances to her home.