NBD is a South Australian business, founded by Mr Nicholas Bedford in 2002. Mr Bedford, a former junior cricket coach, had noticed the adverse effects of heat and heat-related stress on the performance of junior cricketers, and became interested in ways of overcoming the effects of heat on young players.
Mr Bedford’s observations have been supported by recent research, which appears to have found a correlation between the effects of heat and a decline in performance, particularly among less-experienced players
Research by Dr Nick Neave of the Human Cognitive Neuroscience Unit at Northumbria University shows that “(H)igher order cognitive skills were badly affected by wearing a helmet” because helmets could contribute to overheating of the brain. According to Dr Neave, use of a vented helmet may prevent overheating and, consequently, overcome some of the negative impacts of traditional helmets.
In recent times various helmets and other cooling devices have been developed with the aim of reducing the effects of heat stress on performance, be it in the sports arena, in industry, or in the defence forces.
While some of these new helmets have been beneficial - to a lesser or greater degree, they have often had other innate shortcomings, such as expense, limited effectiveness (particularly over time)..
Undeterred, Mr Bedford continued his research into this problem, and ultimately invented a unique safety helmet with what could be described as an in-built cooling system that was both efficient and effective.
Mr Bedford patented the technology necessary to produce a range of cooling helmets, called the Coldie, which has proved to be effective in cooling the wearer’s head across a range of ambient heat conditions and virtually despite the activity levels of the wearer.
The Coldie Cricket Helmet, the first of a range of Coldie helmets manufactured, has been extensively trialed within South Australia and Internationally.
John Davison captain of the Canadian cricket team trialed the helmet in the 2007 world cup and found the helmet to be very safe and cool.
The unique design features of the Coldie have a wide range of applications, many of which have yet to be fully explored.
From 2002 to 2014 Coldie has been worn by 1000s of Cricketers all over the world.
In 2015 Coldie has released its latest Model, the air conditioned helmet which now keeps the wearer at a constant cool head for up to 2 hours.
The results of Snell laboratory tests ( Motor sports helmet testers USA) revealed that the helmets twin shell design provided the greatest shock absorbing capacity of any helmet they had tested.
from a dream to reality...
Coldie has many uses of our technology.
Adelaide football Club in the Australian football leaque.
Cricket with testing at Australian training.