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Press Release-Kirshon-As-Issued

Published on: Mar 4, 2016

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  • 1. Page 1 of 2 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FLUID BASED HELMET TECHNOLOGY USING BIO MIMICRY AS A GUIDE By Thomas Flynn Jason Kirshon, of Cleverdale, New York, has recently been awarded a patent for his Liquid-Gel Impact Reaction Liner, a system that is considerably more effec- tive than traditional helmet liners at 1/3 the thickness. Cleverdale, New York. January 9, 2015. One day, injured and icing his back on the couch, Ja- son Kirshon was researching helmet materials and watching Stephen Hawking on television. He was examining a motorcycle helmet and contemplating how its design could be more effec- tive at preventing head injury. A certain curiosity caused him to take a melted icepack and put it inside the helmet. He began testing the effect of impact by punching the bag filled with fluid. The result was a profound epiphany. He felt the displacement of the water around his hand, and the idea for L-GIRL was born. Biomimicry is the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for solving complex human problems. Velcro, for example, is a biomimetic invention. So Jason analyzed and stud- ied how the brain was naturally protected, and then added to it. “The brain essential sits in liq- uid, which protects it from jolts. If you run and fall, you’re fine,” he says. “On a bike, you’re ex- ceeding human capabilities, so likewise, your helmet needs expanded capability. I’m simply fol- lowing the brain’s natural protective blueprint and adding to what’s already there.” L-GIRL is completely new technology that delivers the ultimate in impact diffusion, at one third of the thickness of current EPS DOT compliant motorcycle helmets. This makes the helmet easier to wear with better peripheral vision capabilities, which will be invaluable not just for motorcycle helmets, but military and sports helmets as well. Furthermore, it diffuses the energy of an im- pact as it displaces it, which has never been done before in this way, and with an angular (off center) blow, it takes away a large degree of the rotational energy, which can be most damaging to the brain. Most helmets have between four to six milliseconds of impact duration time. Jason’s testing of L-GIRL with Dynamic Research demonstrated much greater impact duration times, meaning that the impact of a blow is diffused over a longer period, minimizing its harmful effects. By uti- lizing liquid in his L-GIRL technology, energy from an impact is displaced first using the unique properties of liquid, unlike in a traditional solid liner. It also has the ability to self-adjust accord- ing to the severity of the impact. Helmet technology has not made great strides in recent years. Helmets have simply become bigger, which actually undesirably adds leverage to the impact, increasing rotational torque. In
  • 2. Page 2 of 2 youth helmets this problem is particularly pronounced because of the larger proportion of helmet to head size, and fatalities have resulted - fatalities that Kirshon says could be avoided. “If they really want to make a difference, the only avenue that will work is fluid technology,” he says. “They’ve been making the same mistakes for years. All of the new helmet technologies are simply the same formulas in a different wrapper. The only significant achievement in a long time is to make the helmet softer and more durable, but that’s pretty minimal.” With the help of John Pietrangelo of Tech Valley Patent, Kirshon was finally awarded a U.S. pa- tent in October (U.S. Patent #8,856,972). “I couldn’t have done it without the help of John Pie- trangelo,” Jason says. “He guided me through the difficult patent process and I consider him a great asset and member of my team.” Now Jason is ready to add to his team and talk to poten- tial investors so he can further develop this groundbreaking technology and get it to market quickly. Discussing helmet technology with Kirshon, one gets the immediate sense that for him, it is an obsession, a crusade even. “My struggle is that I have to alter the industry,” he says. “I have a lot of minds I have to change.” But it goes further than that. He truly does have a sense of re- sponsibility for the safety of others. “Every time I read about an incident involving head injury, I feel it a personal failure that I haven’t been able to get this technology out there yet,” he says genuinely. “I feel like I’ve discovered my purpose, and it’s more important to me than anything.” For more information contact: Jason Kirshon Impact Technologies LLC P.O. Box 55 Cleverdale, NY 12820 (518) 925-5000

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