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AIRBAG HIP PROTECTION FOR
OLDER ADULTS

Discover our new wearable airbag solution to protect seniors against hip fractures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New mission for helite

USE AIRBAG TECHNOLOGY TO PREVENT AND PROTECT OLDER ADULTS AGAINST HIP FRACTURES

 

Key Figures

Each year wolrdwide, a massive number of elderies fall down and break their hips. The consequences are dreadful for their health and generate tremendous medical expenses. 

 
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5 million hip fractures in the world by 2050
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65 000 hip fractures in France each year
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23% (> 55 years)  will die within a year after a hip fracture
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50% victims lose their autonomy
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9 billions € wasted in medical fees in France
 

How DOES it work ?  

The concept

 

AN AIRBAG SYSTEM ABLE TO DETECT FALL AND PROTECT THE HIPS. 

 

 

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For 10 years, our engineers have been working on developing the best solution for older adults and thus reduces hip fractures when they fall down. 

 

A complex electronic system analyses people motion in context : 

When a fall is detected, both airbags deploy automatically over the hip before ground impact and insure an OPTIMAL PROTECTION. 

 

 

 

Sensors and algorithm

 

A COMPLEX ALGORITHM ANALYSES MOTION AND FALL IN CONTEXT 

 

 

Analyse du mouvement.pngOur engineering team has elaborated a sophisticated algorithm able to measure and analyse, more than 1000 times per second, the motion and fall in progress. 

 

The system uses different types of sensors, such as gyroscopes and accelerometers, to calculate motion in context and determine if the person is walking normally or falling. 

 

Hip’Air insures a perfect protection before ground impact : the algorythm will detect the falls in 200 ms (0,2 second) and the airbag will inflate in 80ms (0,08 seconds). 

 

 

 
 

Protection Process

 

 

AN OPTIMAL PROTECTION IN 4 STEPS

 

 

picto-protection-process-sans-fond.pngThe system analyses and follows motion in context.
fall-detection-sans-fond.pngThe system detects that the person is falling in 200 ms (0,2 second)
airbag-inflation-sans-fond.pngBoth airbags inflate in 80 ms (0,08 second) over the hips.
hip-protection-sans-fond.pngHips are fully protected before ground impact.
 
 

Which level of protection ?

 

HIP'AIR REDUCES CONSIDERABLY IMPACT FORCE 

 

 


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Tests that we made in collaboration with CRITT SL laboratory, have shown that Hip’Air reduces about 90% the impact force and thus permits to avoid hip fractures


Hip’Air's shock absorption is 9 times better than a standard hip protector. 

 

 

 
 

The Belt

THE FIRST AIRBAG BELT WHICH PROTECTS EFFICIENTLY SENIORS' HIPS WHEN THEY FALL DOWN. 

 

The system is integrated into an aesthetic and comfortable belt which fits perfectly over the hips to insure a total freedom of movement.

 

 

 
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ATTRACTIVE DESIGN

3 adjustable sizes : S, M, L
Perfect fit above the hips
Light, soft, and fexible
Weight: 1 kg
Cover in Nylon washable

 
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OPTIMAL AIRBAG PROTECTION

2 lateral airbags
1 gas generator
1 electronic fall detection 

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LONG LIFE BATTERY

15-days autonomy
Jack cable
A red LED and sound indicate that battery is low
Sleeping mode

 
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USER FRIENDLY

Simple ON/OFF system :
ON : when the belt is closed
OFF : when the belt is opened
Re-usable
Convenient : can be used everywhere.
100% automatic

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Test and certification

 

Hip’Air is currently tested in home cares in Burgundy in France.

 

 

Test lead and approuved by

 

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Hip'Air is CE certified as a Personnal Protective Equipment.

 

 

 

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