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Nike Grind Safety Roller

Semi rigid safety crash barrier

Photo of Anna Batallé Garcia
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KSI Global Australia Pty Ltd has developed a Safety Roller Crash Barrier that will completely change the safety in roads.

It will prevent fatal injuries by absorbing shock energy and converting that energy into rotational energy. 

Why don’t we make it RECYCLED instead of recyclable?

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

FabLab Sant Cugat

Website (if applicable)

http://www.fablabsantcugat.com/

Which Nike Grind materials will your idea utilize?

  • Rubber Outsoles
  • Rubber Flashings
  • Rubber Granulate
  • EVA Foam Injection Scraps
  • EVA Foam Flashings
  • EVA Foam Sheets & Blocks
  • EVA Foam Components

How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?

Imagine the roller as a tiny punching bag with a hole in the middle and filled with Nike Grind materials. The Rubber and the EVA Foam will help absorbing collision energy. The skin not only will help protect Nike Grind Materials, but also will improve the night visibility on the road by having reflective areas.

Please include a visual (can be either 2D or 3D) representation/prototype of your concept. (required)

Requirements that the skin will need to fulfil: - UV radiation resistant - Waterproof - Impact resistant

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

Cyclist and runners are increasingly using roads. Most of the time in conditions that are not safe for them. This product will help reduce the fatalities for bikers, cyclists, and runners and will give them better conditions to drive in or practice their sport.

How will you scale your idea? Please describe in detail your plan to scale your concept.

1rst Step. Scalable Prototype. Thanks to working in a Fablab I have at my disposal the tools needed to prototype. 2nd Step. Find a Partner: contact KSI. My proposal is based on a product that its already in the market. Their support might be needed for further developing the concept. The fact that Nike is behind the inspiration of this idea give me more reliability trying to find a partner. 3th Step. Testing the Product. Having found a partner can give me access to its resources and the chance to test the product in a suitable place. 4th Step. Reach the Customer. Ideally the customer will be the governments. Lots of roads kilometres are owned by them. I know that it’s a really challenging idea. In case that bringing it to a so large scale is not possible at the beginning, I will start it locally. The town hall where the FabLab is based, Sant Cugat del Vallès has always been opened to help us. I am sure they would be enthusiastic about implementing it in the city.

What inspired this idea?

Typical safety crash barriers are dangerous for motorbikes and cyclist and are responsible for a significant number of road deaths. This Innovation Challenge offers an opportunity to create a design through a sustainable approach that will solve this problem and ultimately save lives.

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

I am an Architect passionate about all aspects of design and how they may have an impact on the world.

In what city are you located?

Barcelona

In what country are you located?

Spain

Please describe how becoming a Top Idea will support the growth of your concept.

Thanks to the resources offered from being selected as a "Top Idea" and my background focused on product design and CAD production techniques, I would be able to further develop the project and research designs, production techniques, as well as full-scale prototypes.

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Photo of Guoxin Zhang
Team

Hi Anna,
love this idea you proposed,
However, as you mentioned that current typical crash barriers are dangerous for those biker or cyclist, how do you ensure the safety of car drivers at the same time? Are there potential risks for applying this roller crash barrier?

Photo of Anna Batallé Garcia
Team

Hi,
Sorry for not answering before.
The proposal is based on a product that is already on the market and this product works as a car safety barrier. Theoretically, this ensures that it is also a good solution for car drivers. However, it is true that the fact that I am changing the rollers’ material means that it needs to be tested again. The principal risk of this change, it is that Nike grind is not strong enough to behave as the actual plastic rollers do.
- Anna

Photo of Ezgi Elvan
Team

Hello Anna,
What a wonderful idea!
I am just puzzled by the question of how could we prevent the scattered polymers from polluting the area in case of a breakage caused by a crash per say?
Keep up the good work!

Photo of Anna Batallé Garcia
Team

Hey Ezgi sorry for not answering before.
I think it’s a very interesting question. At the beginning I thought that by pouring the Nike grind materials inside a skin would be enough. That way, almost no energy was put into reusing the scattered polymers. However, as you mentioned, it is difficult to assure that in case of a crash they are not going to pollute the area of the accident.
What I think it could be a good solution is to melt the plastic again using the minimum amount of energy required to stick together the polymers. It may pollute a bit too but it would be easier to get rid of the rollers that have been damage. In addition, it can turn out that the skin is no longer required because the Nike grind materials are good enough to resist the UV radiation and be waterproof.
Thanks for encouraging me to keep up with the work!

Photo of Ezgi Elvan
Team

Hey Anna,
It is more sustainable now that the skin is eliminated.
I can't wait to see the end product/idea.
Cheers.

Photo of Hoa L
Team

Hi Anna,
Interesting idea !
I am just curious about the cost structure of this product. Will it be cheaper than the available products in the market and what is your competitive advantages?

Photo of Anna Batallé Garcia
Team

The cost of the Safety Roller would be comparable to other available products in the market once the production technics in larger scales and the attaching system it’s defined.
There are many reasons that make me think that it can be competitive although it’s not completely developed.
Firstly, the material used to create the rollers use leftovers that otherwise would be discarded.
Secondly, the new system increases the safeness compared to traditional ones by absorbing shock energy and converting that energy into rotational energy.
Thirdly, if the alternative attaching system that its being develop proof to meet the requirements it would be able to be implemented on old structures that are already in good conditions but that doesn’t work well as a safety barriers. Meaning that less waste will be generated because the barrier won’t be replaced but improved.
Finally, but not less important it will increase the night visibility on roads.
Hope this gives you a better idea of the concept. Any other questions or suggestions are more than welcome. Thank you!
- Anna

Photo of Hoa L
Team

Hi Anna,
Thank for taking your time to reply my message. I think your idea is brilliant and as a keen cyclist and a runner myself , i really love and 100% support your idea.

Goodluck !

Photo of Lauren Ito
Team

Hi Anna Batallé Garcia ,

Great to see you in the Challenge! I'm curious, what would next steps be to prototype this concept? The Challenge deadline is tonight at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Please ensure you have all updates completed in your concept before the final deadline.

Photo of Anna Batallé Garcia
Team

Hey Lauren,

Thanks for your advice and remaining in contact with me during the project. You´ll notice all the updates, including the next steps to prototype and scale the concept above. Hope you enjoy the project!
- Anna

Photo of Marta Sobolewska
Team

Hello Anna,
I wonder if you could apply the concept of luminophores in a compound that charge during the day and glow for up to 10 hours (without any additional source of energy) within your concept of the roller crash barrier. The luminous path was created in Lidzbark Warmiński in Poland. I put some materials within my project (https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/nike-design-with-grind/review/nike-cyclists-world). Please feel invited ;)

Photo of Anna Batallé Garcia
Team

Hey Marta,
I´ve checked out your project and I think it´s very cool! I especially like the energy efficiency of the idea. I definitely think it would be really cool to expand the idea and think about where it could be used beyond the cyclist world. For instance, I think about how the rubber and luminophores could be used for public spaces, such as parks or running tracks. A city could utilize the idea to attract it´s citizens to their green spaces, while reducing the commercial lighting of the area. In terms of my project, luminophores could certainly be used for specific areas, provided it´s researched upon. I was originally thinking to use a reflective material in order to capitalize on the headlights of cars, motorcycles and even bikes. But, I wonder how might luminophores and rubber might be used to reduce energy consumption and provide a better experience for users in specific zones. Love your project!
- Anna

Photo of Eric Parein
Team

Hi Anna, your idea goes along mine; absorbing the impact! Check the STAXS entry. Both systems are, in my opinion complementary. Yours is grounded, mine isn't; the STAXS-idea, obviously, is not everywhere applicable, then it also has lots of other useful applications like sound barriers. Made from... waste plastics!

Photo of Anna Batallé Garcia
Team

That's awesome! There can never be too many ideas aimed to save lives. Your proposal looks great. I think that the fact that it can also work as a sound barrier is very interesting and could be implemented in cities. I look forward to seeing how it continues developing. I totally agree that the projects are complementary in many ways.

Photo of Anna Batallé Garcia
Team

I am adding some ideas that will help understand a little bit more what is behind the idea.
Doing my best to finish it before 5pm :)

Photo of Lauren Ito
Team

Hi Anna,

We see this post is currently in draft mode, and thus, not submitted to the Nike Design with Grind Challenge. Was this your intention? Please join the Challenge by clicking "publish" at the top of your post.

The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, TODAY, May 1.

Excited to see you joining the Challenge!