• Santiago “Chago” Ortiz

NFL tries using new helmet technology to protect its players


Nothing hits an NFL player harder than to learn that they have acquired the debilitating condition known as CTE (Chronic traumatic encephalopathy). To reduce the risk of such condition ever developing, helmet makers and engineers have come up with a new unit that looks promising.

Meet VICIS’s “Zero1” helmet. Unlike standard helmets, the technology of a Zero1 helmet absorbs the impact by bending their shape and morphing. This is possible using multiple, separate columns (or layers) of padding inside the helmet. Such layer-oriented approach provides the player using it with a superior protection from those hard hits.

The helmet price tag runs at at $950 U.S. dollars. Over 60 NFL players used the Zero1 during the 2017 season, and their makers are hopeful that more players use their state-of-the-art technology during upcoming seasons.


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