McLaren’s Applied Technologies, the advanced technology, innovation and design division of the British company, has unveiled its Project Invincible shield, in response to a challenge from a single client to design a device to help protect vital organs after surgery.
Known only as “Client X,” who is a billionaire, this person has been secretly harboring injuries and needed a cage that could protect his organs.
The fully wearable composite shield using super-strong materials used in Formula 1 race cars, does the job of the rib cage, protecting the vital organs such as the heart and lungs, with the garment providing further protection from unexpected low energy impact.
To create the shield, the design team took a 3D scan of Client X’s body, combined with medical images from their doctor. McLaren’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Adam Hill said, “From digital therapeutics, to tailored human performance programmes and bespoke medical devices, our aim is to innovate health care solutions that can be tailored for individual patients. The common thread in all of our projects is data. We use data to build a digital picture of how a patient is performing or recovering, and then create solutions, or in the case of the Project Invincible, devices, to aid our users.”
After creating prototypes, the shields undertook computer-simulated load tests and armed with a thorough understanding of all the underlying structures in the same labs used by McLaren’s Formula 1 team for its crash-tests.
Additionally, the solution was designed completely around the user and was entirely data-led, which delivered on every level because the team had listened to the data throughout for a true data-driven design.
Furthermore, McLaren did not reveal the exact price of the shield, but claimed it was under $250,000 USD.
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