Swedes invent inflatable helmet
Mon, 20 Aug 2012 12:59p.m.
By Dan Satherley
Put off cycling because you don't like wearing a helmet? A new Swedish invention means there's no longer any excuse.
The Hövding is an inflatable "invisible helmet" that slips around your neck in a deflated state, leaving the head exposed.
It's equipped with accelerometers and gyroscopes that can detect when you're falling off your bike, rapidly filling a nylon bag with helium.
The Hövding then cushions your head from potentially brain-damaging impacts. It only takes one-tenth of a second to inflate.
Sweden made wearing bike helmets compulsory 15 years ago.
"To people like us, who wouldn't be seen dead in a polystyrene helmet, the thought that we might be forced to wear one by law was cause for concern," Hövding creators Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin say on their website.
"Producing a bicycle helmet that people would be happy to put on looked like a much better way to go than legislation forcing people to wear one or else."
Work on the Hövding began in 2005, and has cost over $10 million to develop. They cost around NZ$740, and only work once.
The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.
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21/08/2012 9:37:49 p.m.
Dianne Dobbs wrote:
I love it and would be happy to be your crash test dummy.
21/08/2012 6:25:24 a.m.
Richard Burton wrote:
These things are not and never will be, cool, unless you think the Sinclair C5 is.
This "news" story has been repeated so many times I can only suppose that there is a warehouse full of these things because no-one is stupid enough to buy them.
21/08/2012 4:58:27 a.m.
kiwi in sweden wrote:
just a quick note that it is only compulsory for children 15 and under to wear a helmet here in sweden. I never see adults wearing helmets and i only wear one after a few beers!
20/08/2012 5:40:30 p.m.
$740?? Anyone who can afford this doesn't need to cycle.
20/08/2012 5:09:47 p.m.
So wearing a bag around your neck is supposed to be better than wearing a helmet?
20/08/2012 3:46:48 p.m.
"They cost around NZ$740, and only work once"
+ they make everyone look like they're disguising a thyroid disorder
+ one can imagine they won't be legal in NZ for another trillion years (and hundreds of thousands wasted on studies etc..)
20/08/2012 2:56:59 p.m.
An airbag for a bicycle. Would be very expensive and needs constant pre-check. I prefer the regular helmet and it looks cooler too.
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