Would You Wear an Invisible Bike Helmet?
They’re ugly. They’re hot. They cause hat head. Whatever your excuse for not wearing a helmet, your reason may now be moot. After seven years of research and planning, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, two industrial design master’s students at Lund University in Sweden, have successfully invented an invisible helmet. Check out the video below to see how it works.
The invisible helmet, which is currently being sold in Swedish stores and online under the brand name Hövding, is actually a collar that’s worn around a bicyclist's neck. When a sensor in the device detects abnormal movement—as happens during a crash—a hood-shaped airbag deploys, surrounding and protecting the cyclist’s head. Hövding also contains a black box that records 10 seconds of movement-pattern data just before and during an accident. Send the black box back to the company after an accident, and they will use the information to improve future generations of Hövding.
If you hate helmets because of the way they look, Hövding has you covered—literally. Each collar is contained within a removable and washable shell that looks more like a fashion accessory than a safety device. The shell's are intended to let users switch styles depending on their mood or wardrobe, without sacrificing protection. The only barrier to achieving a stylish and safe ride? The price. Hövding costs 3,998 SEK, or about $600.
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