U-M student-led FrostGear develops motorcycle helmet cooling tech

Zachary Hwang has been riding motorcycles for years. The temperature inside his helmet has, well, been less than comfortable.

"Heat has always been a big problem in the summer," Hwang says. "There is no air conditioning."

That inspired the University of Michigan student to launch his own startup, FrostGear. Hwang and two of his fellow Master of Entrepreneurship classmates have been working on a cooling technology for motorcycle helmets. The technology works because it cools the helmet, which in turn helps make the rest of the rider's body cool.

"We can make a smaller device that attaches to the helmet," Hwang says.

The TechArb-based startup is currently working on prototypes of its technology, leveraging resources from Ann Arbor SPARK and the University of Michigan’s Center for Entrepreneurship. It has applied for a provisional patent for its technology.

"Ideally by December we will have a Beta product that we can take to trade shows," Hwang says.

Source: Zachary Hwang, CEO of FrostGear
Writer: Jon Zemke

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