Here’s a genuinely amazing helmet that’s come from those (not so) crazy Swedes. In response to a new law making it mandatory for cyclists to wear crash helmets in Sweden, a couple of designers training at Lund University decided they needed to make something a bit more user-friendly. So they decided to try and make them invisible! They studied air bag production and triggering mechanisms and created this fantastic inflatable crash helmet that hides in a fashionable (so they say!) collar/snood/scarf affair, only to inflate in 0.1 seconds to protect the head during an accident.
The airbag has a small black box that contains accelerometers and gyros which detects the types of motions that precede a range of accidents and triggers the inflation of the helmet. The crash helmet itself is made from an abrasion-resistant nylon which the makers say is good to protect against a number of impacts within the same accident. Check out them testing the helmets in their testing facility in the video below.
If you’re interested in buying one of these helmets, visit http://www.hovding.com/
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