Dometric Technology began with the idea that it ought to be easier to put on some padding and play football in the backyard. A single-unit protective vest was the genesis for this spectacular technology. Problem was, how to make something light, easy to put on yet still provide adequate protective properties?
Answer: Geodesic Dome Structures.
They are Mother Nature's exquisite physical shape. They distribute stress more efficiently than any other known shape in the universe. When you're talking strength to weight ratio and let's face it, what else matters to a propeller head, geodesics reign supreme. By harnessing the power of the geodesic dome, your gear becomes lighter and cooler while maintaining its protective qualities. Now you can access the most technically advanced protection available. Geodesics literally confer "Physics in Your Favor".
US Utility Patent, 5,524,641 employs geodesic dome structures to improve the performance qualities of protective gear for both team and individual sports. Further, 19 associated claims offer advantages for protection or “cushioning” of any part of the human body from impact by outside forces, including gravity. Besides the shoulders and chest area, other areas that benefit from geodesic modification include: knee, elbow, face- mask, torso and groin protection, also, bike helmets,skating and team sport helmets and perhaps most significantly, shoes.
This novel application represents an entirely new set of design tools because it is the shape itself that possesses the special properties of performance. This technology is separate from advances that are typically sought via alternate, higher performance materials such as alloys or high tech laminates. It readily adapts and leverages the advantages of new materials, a transformation that improves the performance of the construction material itself, be it foam, plastic, laminate or alloy. I assert that this unique characteristic represents a new domain of “open architectural diversity”. The variety of shapes that are defined as geodesics from a macro to a micro level, serve as a multiplier of value for my intellectual property rights.