Unsupported browser

You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

Sign up for an Award

Participate with your entry in one of our professional or student awards.

Sign up for an award

Sign up for a Profile

Create your own profile and publish it in the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE.

Sign up for a profile

Learn more:

iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE

Present your project for free and win your share of EUR 50,000 in prize money.

Publish your project

OBEX Protective Surf Hood / Lifesaving Wearable Product Design

OBEX Protective Surf Hood
OBEX Protective Surf Hood

Discipline: Professional Concept

Qualified
for the Final Jury

OBEX Protective Surf Hood
OBEX Protective Surf Hood
OBEX Protective Surf Hood
OBEX Protective Surf Hood
OBEX Protective Surf Hood

Discipline: Professional Concept

Qualified
for the Final Jury

Recent studies have shown a notable increase of head-related injuries for surfers (Dean, 2018). Concussions can have deadly consequences because of the increased risk of drowning where the surfer may be confused, disoriented, or unconscious. Even a few seconds of unconsciousness can be fatal if there’s nobody around to rescue you. The design team sought to use their wearable technology expertise to find a solution that could help reduce surfer fatality in a way that doesn’t hinder them from doing what they love. OBEX is a surf hood with integrated sensors that activate a life-saving inflatable bladder when the surfer experiences a bad fall.

  • DEVELOPMENT TIME up to 12 months

  • TARGET REGIONS Africa, Asia, Australia / Oceania, Europe, North America, South America

  • TARGET GROUPS Consumer / User

Client / Manufacturer

Design Partners

Design Partners
Bray, Co Wicklow, Ireland

Go to profile
Design

Design Partners

Design Partners
Bray, Co Wicklow, Ireland

Jimmy Rennick, Philip Nordmand, Eoin McNally, Cormac Ó Conaire, Cathal Loughnane, Marija Cosic, Kevin Dunne

Go to profile