Fireball is a control device for kitesurfing with a ball and socket apparatus that connects the kite to the rider. Fireball features a rotational friction-free method of connection, which sidesteps a decades-long industry-standard hook-and-loop connection. Fireball is much closer to the rider’s core than a traditional hook and loop and provides a substantial increase in control and comfort.
Designed by: Pete Cabrinha, Dave Hastilow, Dave Starbuck and Phil Sobolev of Cabrinha Kites Design Center for the Cabrinha Kites, a subsidiary of Pryde Group Ltd.
Q-Collar is the world’s first technology to use the body’s natural physiology to protect against mild traumatic brain injury caused by concussive events. A revolutionary approach to protecting the brain, Q-Collar addresses the problem from the inside out by mimicking the natural defense used by woodpeckers. The collar applies slight pressure to the neck to mildly increase blood volume in the brain. This creates a cushion that reduces slosh. Initial research on the collar has shown significant reduction in changes to the brain caused by concussive impacts. Q-Collar is a breakthrough for athletics, the military and industry.
Designed by: Jamison Float, James Lua, IDSA, Kevin Vititoe, Sherry Jones and Priority Designs for Q30 Innovations
The Mugello R D-Air suit is the ultimate expression of Dainese's Mission Safety that balances protection, comfort, style and performance. Developed in collaboration with the MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi, Mugello R includes 25 new technical features and five patented innovations that make it the most advanced safety system for professional motorcycling ever produced.
Designed by: Dainese SpA
Smart Rope is a jump rope that displays fitness data in mid-air! See your jump count like a hologram and sync to the Smart Gym mobile app—tracking jump count, calories burned and workout times. It recommends training intervals and keeps you motivated by unlocking rewards and competing with your friends. The actual mechanics of the jump rope are redesigned, lacing the rope at an innovative 45 degree angle to ensure natural motion. The rope housing is driven by two sets of ball bearings in each handle—resulting in smooth, effortless mechanics.
Designed by: Deokhee Jeong and Jaeyoon Park of Tangram Factory
Contact: Deokhee Jeong
Healthcare spending is unsustainable while the aging population, rise of chronic diseases, fragmented delivery and administrative inefficiencies led to $3 trillion spent in 2015 and projected to hit $5 trillion in 2020. Access Strength is a system that provides value to all three tiers of the healthcare system: payers, providers and patients/consumers. The digital health platform pairs HIPAA-compliant cloud software with inclusive fitness equipment to lower barriers in fitness/rehabilitation for consumers and optimize the delivery of care for providers.
Designed by: Priority Designs, Inc.; AWH and Ryan Eder, IDSA, of IncludeFitness
Contact: Ryan Eder, IDSA
Protect the athlete; elevate the game. ZERO1 is a safer and more functional football helmet that shows significant reduction in impact force on athletes. Industrial designers teamed up with engineers and neurosurgeons to reimagine the football helmet—aiming to improve player safety by preventing injuries, while increasing comfort and performance. ZERO1 inspires confidence, expresses strength and personality and stands out as unique and recognizable. The technology could expand to lacrosse, hockey and soccer, which ultimately could mean fewer sports-related head injuries.
Designed by: Artefact for VICIS
Contact: Emilia Palaveeva
SpeedX Leopard Pro is the first smart aero road bike—a competition level, high-performance bike with affordable, advanced technology. The bicycle frame uses only the finest carbon composites in the world. Together with FIBERTEK®, proprietary methods and technologies stack the T1000 military-grade carbon fiber with 207 folded layers, which ultimately leads to a phenomenally light, 1.2kg frame that’s 1.5 times stiffer. A smart bike fitting system helps customers measure the correct bike frame size. A mobile app allows the user to join or create a cycling club.
Designed by: Gang Li, Jiayang Gao, Yamou Wu, Zhen Sun and Jianliang Li of SpeedX Inc.
Contact: Sun Zhen
SHR Flex is a frontal head restraint safety system for professional and recreational racecar competitors—protecting them from severe or fatal upper neck/basilar skull fracture injuries in high-impact crashes, while providing unprecedented comfort and mobility during normal driving. It is a breakthrough, patent-pending design in an area of race safety that has not seen significant innovation in nearly 20 years. It is the only restraint system that is low-profile during normal driving, but then uses the kinematics of the impact to kick into a high position only when protection is needed.
Designed by: Creature Product Development; and Stefan Meier-Arndt, Tom Myers and Mark Stiles of SCHROTH Safety Products GmbH
Contact: Maureen Carroll, IDSA
The 3DRobotics Solo Drone is designed to combine the power and capabilities of enthusiast/professional models with the simplicity and usability of entry-level drones.
Designed by: Norio Fujikawa, IDSA and Ed Mangum of Astro Studios
Contact: Clare Nauman
ZONE is a disruptive, custom-fit, mouth guard with patented material technology for athletes of all ages and levels—without the so-called “boil and bite” process. By simply mixing the moldable materials together and biting down on the guard, anyone can produce an unobtrusive mouth guard that is ready in just minutes. This freedom from boiling enables athletes to make comfortable protective guards anywhere, anytime—reducing barriers and protecting more people from concussion and impact related injuries
Designed by: Designed by Kyle Buzzard, Scott Wilson, IDSA and Kevin Flatt of MINIMAL; and Dr. David Frey for MDM Oral Technologies
Contact: Gina Doctor