CHROMA

Industrial design 
Individual project   ·  14-week duration
Software: Solidworks; Keyshot; Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects

 
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Chroma is the only ski helmet designed with dual interchangeable goggles integration.

 
 
 
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It's not only designed for protection, but also aims to enhance skiers' visibility in the rapid-changing weather and light conditions on the mountain.

 
 
 

THE PROBLEM

“More than 35% of the ski injuries are initially caused by the poor visibility of not noticing the slopes and snow bumps ahead."––David Gibson, a 15-year ski coach.

 
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It is common for the weather conditions on the mountain to change rapidly during the day, or to even have several different extreme weather conditions at the same time. Light conditions also change extremely quickly along with the weather. It makes the environment of snow resort or backcountry skiing unpredictable and dangerous.

 
 
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Landforms are different in mountain as well. Even if it's sunny days, there are many bright and shadow areas as the photo shown above. Skier have to go in and out those areas alternately, which causes the visibility changes as well. It wouldn't be comfortable, especially for skiers whose eyes are pretty sensitive to sun or light condition changes. 

 
 
 
 

INSIGHT

Skiers need a faster and easier way of adapting the visibility to the rapid changes of weather and light conditions

 
 

SOLUTION

Make Visibility Adaption Extremely Faster

 
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CHROMA is integrated with two different light-weight lenses for skiers to adapt quickly to the rapid visibility changes.

 
 
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Chroma is designed with 2 kinds of lens which are the most widely and commonly used:

The Dark Lens, for reducing the light;
The Amber Tined Lend, for increasing the light.

 
 
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The dark outer lens is applicable for sunny/flat condition in order to reduce glare from snow;

 
 
 

The amber-tinted inner lens is for overcast/foggy/snowing conditions in order to increase contrasts of snow bumps and slopes ahead.

 
 

FUNCTIONAL PROTOTYPE

 

Through a series of design process (at the bottom) of concept development, sketching, mockups, iterations, 3D building and real model making and testing, the concept has been proved and the final functional model works smoothly well.

 
 

IT WORKS FAST AND EASY

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As the helmet section view shown above, a tunnel structure is applied to allow the tinted inner lens to slide up and down. The dark outer lens can be moved up and down outside the helmet as well.

 
 

EVEN SAFER BETWEEN SKIERS

 

In a poor weather condition, visibility between skiers is poor as well. In order to make skier’s helmet more likely to be seen and recognized from a longer distance, A 3M reflective material is applied. Light will be reflected when it arrives at the surface of the groove structure, where lies the material. 

 
 

VENTING SYSTEM

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It is important to have the venting system to get rid of the stuffiness and keep the helmet fresh. While skiing, cold air from outside comes into the helmet through the side vents.

 
 
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The fresh cold air will take out the stuffy air from inside through the vents located on the vent tunnel and back of the helmets. 

 
 

INNER PADDING

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PROCESS