Industrial designer Jean-Marc Sheitoyan is currently a Project Manager at Quebec's Mawashi Protective Clothing, Inc., where he's designed several 'personal equipment' products since he started working there over five years ago. In keeping with the company's commitment to developing "new solutions and made significant enhancements to existing products for law enforcement, corrections, military and industrial personnel," Sheitoyan's portfolio includes protective gear as well as apparel for industrial applications.
The Tactical Knee and Elbow Protection is perhaps the most explicitly biomimetic of Sheitoyan's designs: in order to improve the flexibility and range of motion of knee and elbow pads for tactical situations, he started by 3D scanning a lobster tail and refining the model for manufacturing.
Similarly, the Blunt Trauma Protective Suit, for which Sheitoyan was responsible for product management and marketing, took "inspiration from an Armadillidium Vulgare to develop articulated rigid armor plates to enhance the mobility and flexibility of protective suits."
The Industrial Load Transfer Belt, on the other hand (or torso, as it were), is an adjustable, one-size-fits-all belt that is designed to "transfer the load of a wireless crane controller onto the body's musculoskeletal center axis." Specifically, Mawashi created the belt for an industrial aluminum client—"molten metal transfer crucibles" were the cargo in the original brief. "The system features two telescopic arms with adjustable angle, and a quick-release mechanism."
The Use-of-Force Training Helmet has a veritable laundry list of features:The rigid faceguard is covered by foam and wrapped in a ventilated mesh to enhance breathability. A curved visor protects the eyes and assures a good visibility, a large field of view and minimizes fogging. An adjustable retention system stabilizes the helmet during movements and impacts. High mobility of the head with no restraints on lateral and front-back movements. An comfortable inner padding is interchangeable for different head sizes.
Last but not least, the patent-pending Active Microclimate Cooling System "is designed to be worn under protective equipment to help the users withstand... adverse heat conditions." By accelerating the evaporation of perspiration, the vest "enhances the natural thermoregulation of the human body to to reduce its core temperature, and increase the comfort of the users who remain dry." As with the training helmet, Sheitoyan has included some images of the design process and prototypes behind the final product.
Check out Sheitoyan's Corefolio for more.