AbstractsBusiness Management & Administration

Designing a heated product for motorcyclists:

by L Pulskens

Institution: Delft University of Technology
Year: 2016
Keywords: motorcycle; heated; clothing; vest; REV'IT!
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2091417
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This report covers a graduation project executed at REV'IT! Sports International. The goal of this project was to develop an accessible product that warms up a motorcyclist's body during cold weather, resulting in a more comfortable ride. Chapter 1 describes the research phase that tackles the problem from several directions: A company/market analysis, possible target groups, human thermoregulation and discomfort by cold, and a research into different heating technologies. After an extensive ideation, conceptualization and embodiment process described in chapter 2, the REV’IT! ETNA was born. The ETNA is a vest that can be inserted into new REV’IT! jackets and provides 48 Watts of heating power, smartly distributed over the parts of the core of the body that remove discomfort by coldness the most effectively. Underneath its warmest areas the ETNA can reach temperatures up to 46ºC. The product generates heat by an unnoticeable semi conductive stainless steel yarn that is stitched throughout the whole garment. In-practice user testing validated the effectiveness of the product and provides a positive outlook to a REV’IT! garment collection that enables a comfortable ride in every type of climate. Advisors/Committee Members: Molenbroek, J.F.M., Thomassen, E.W..