The VICIS football helmet is a modern take on the stagnant designs on helmets that aims to improve player safety while increasing comfort and performance. Developed by Seattle-based tech startup VICIS and design studio Artefact, these football helmets utilize VICIS’ and Artefact’s concept of local deformation and utilizes outer layers of the helmet to slow acceleration and protect the brain by absorbing the impact of a collision.
Inspired by the automotive industry, the VICIS football helmet features columnar layers like the ones found in a car bumper. These layers drastically absorb impact by locally deforming, moving in an omnidirectional fashion to react to impact coming from any direction.
The VICIS football helmet also features a redesigned chin strap that allows for improved fit, while also offering increased visibility.