As is the case with most things today, the current version of the football helmet has gone through many modifications during its existence. Considering that the very first helmets for the sport were made of leather, football equipment has certainly come a long way since its introduction during the 1860s.
But that is not to say that the current version of the football helmet is an impressive piece of protective equipment without a single imperfection. If this were the case, concussions would not be as prevalent in the sport as they are today and team logo designs would not fall off due to extreme temperatures.
To add to the never-ending waterfall of ideas to improve the safety and the actual functions of the modern day football helmet, a design studio known as Gridiron Labs recently published a case study that featured a futuristic new concept for the sport’s most important piece of equipment.
In their study, the studio envisioned the football helmet evolving into more of a wearable device rather than just a piece protective equipment.
Their design of a helmet, which they hope will be turned into reality by 2030, includes a number of unique features such as heads up display face mask visors, high-definition cameras located in the front and the back of the helmet, a retractable facemask, animated media and motion graphic displays, and a section of the helmet for advertisers.
“As we move into the future, Gridiron Labs sees the helmet as a tremendous untapped resource—with the ability to greatly shape the future of the game, if given the chance.”
With the help of the helmet’s heads up display on their visor, players would be able to view a diagram of the play call, where the first down marker is on the field, and get a scouting report of an opposing player. But Gridiron isn’t the the only tech company with plans to revolutionize the NFL – far from it. Some of these might even be cooler than the helmet:
Courtesy of the helmet’s built-in cameras, fans at home would be able to watch replays from the perspective of a player on their favorite team. People would be able to experience what a quarterback sees as he tries to find an open receiver before he gets engulfed by a swarm of blood-thirsty pass rushers.
The helmet will also have a more personalized fit for each specific player and be made of extremely light materials (Graphene, Nanocellulose) that will still offer more protection than the current models used in the sport.
As far as the exterior design of the helmet, the possibilities seem almost endless.
Facemasks can feature two colors instead of just one, various animations and motion graphics can be displayed on the side of the helmet that coincide with player performance and crowd involvement, and space will be available on the backs of the helmets for advertisers to purchase and display their company’s logo.
All of these ideas would be amazing if they actually came to fruition. But of course, the NFL would first have to figure out how much money the league can make off of these helmet concepts before they even consider implementing them.
Until then, fans will have to continue watching players wear helmets that have less design features than a napkin.
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