Vihelm comes from a team of young innovators in Vietnam – a country with renowned success in fighting Covid-19. With a population of nearly 100 million people, Vietnam has reported only 1,225 cases and 35 deaths thanks to a combination of stringent social distancing rules, contact tracing, and quarantine policies. As Vietnamese, we understand too well the difficulty of reduced contact and the limitations of the current protective measures. That’s why we are committed to bringing you an innovative solution that helps you get back your lives while still staying safe.
In April 2020, the Vihelm project was founded by Nguyen Dinh Nam, a reputable Vietnamese inventor and scientist, and a team of close friends and family members. This is Nam’s latest endeavor after resigning from the chief position of a distinguished research institution of 135 researchers.
Under Nam’s supervision, an innovation team of 3 students led by Do Trong Minh Duc conducted research and came up with great ideas to improve the helmet. In April, the team started designing the first prototype; and in August, using the first prototype, the team won 3 prestigious awards in iCAN* Canada 2020, a competition that attracted 600 inventions from 60 countries around the world. The design of the helmet was so innovative, it was featured in Reuters, NYTimes, NYPost and hundreds of major newspapers all over the world.
From the first version to the third, the Vihelm team had been consulting with large hospitals and healthcare experts to improve various features:
- Minimizing carbon dioxide (CO2) level
- Maximizing particle filtration efficacy
- Improve visor’s optical correctness
- Reduce voice absorption for better communication
- Reduce helmet’s weight