Forcite Alpine by Alfred Boyadgis, Julian Chow, George Constantinos, James Chen and Aaron Stathi. Special Mention, Professionals and Enthusiasts
Forcite Helmet Systems was founded in 2013 by Alfred Boyadgis and Julian Chow, while Aaron Stathi, one of the first investors in the company, provides support as Director of Customer Services. Taken together, the team’s expertise spans industrial design, engineering and computer science.
We asked Alfred Boyadgis three questions about his alpine sports helmet with its integrated camera, which received a special mention in the Professionals and Enthusiasts category.
1. What problem does your project offer a solution for and how does it work?
Forcite offers a solution for bulky and heavy devices attached to helmets. We have developed a modular computing system that fits into the low impact zone of a helmet, so it allows for video streaming, communication and GPS tracking during emergencies.
2. How did your design process unfold; what steps did you take, what were the challenges?
The first concept for the Forcite helmet came about when we saw lots of people with action cameras on their helmets, and even a famous Formula One driver being injured by one. Apart from that, these devices are heavy and run out of battery. We started designing the product from the ground up and went through a large amount of user testing and prototyping. Making the electronics was a challenge. Each helmet runs on a quad core computing system that is the size of a credit card.
3. What are your criteria for “good” design and what role do you think design will play in the future?
We feel that good design for these types of products revolves around them doing complex tasks in simple ways, or performing them automatically. In the future smart helmets will be everywhere and Forcite will be a big contender in this area, with the principles of good design at the core of our products.