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Old 08-18-2012, 12:32 AM   #1
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The Magical Inflatable Helmet!
I never thought about this, but I'm surprised this wasn't invented prior.

A little spendy at $600, but it could be a good idea if worked out properly.



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Meet the inflatable, 'invisible' bike helmet

By Doug Gross, CNN

Hey, cyclists! Want to look more stylish while riding and still avoid the inconvenience of a cracked skull?

Then a pair of Swedish designers have got just the helmet for you - provided you're willing to fork over about $600 and aren't afraid of looking a little like a deployed airbag when you fall.

The newly released Hovding (no, Americans, that's not a futon from Ikea) is billed as The Invisible Bicycle Helmet. Begun in 2005 as a project for a master's-level industrial design course, the blow-up helmet is housed in a pouch that, when wrapped around your neck, looks a little like a puffed-up ski-jacket collar.

But, using gyroscopes and accelerometers and other electronic sensors, the Hovding can sense a bike crash and then immediately blow up an airbag of sorts to surround the cyclist's head.

On their website, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin said they first began mulling the idea when Sweden passed a law requiring everyone 15 years old or younger to wear a helmet when cycling. The law spurred talk that all cyclists, not just children, should be made to wear a helmet - something that struck them as a fashion disaster.

"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," they say in a post on their site. "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. "

The collar is now available with either of two "shells" - one black and the other a multi-colored paisley design. Both are modeled on the Hovding site by a chic-looking model (who, to her credit, also gamely wears the fully inflated helmet), and more designs are promised.

When the sensors are triggered, helium gas is deployed to fill up the nylon bag. Creators say it takes only a tenth of a second to fully inflate.

The Hovding (Swedish for "chieftain") also includes a "black box" that records the 10 seconds of data about a cyclist's movements before and during a crash. The creators ask users to send them the box after accidents, so they can continue to refine and improve the helmet.

Along the way, Haput and Alstin have employed the help of a brain-trauma specialist and have gotten millions of dollars of funding from investors. So the question now is - will anyone actually buy this thing?

At least for now, the price could be a hurdle. When converted from Swedish kroner, the helmet and one collar cost about $600.

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Old 08-18-2012, 01:34 AM   #2
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Lol. Push somebody down just to see their helmet deploy

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Old 08-18-2012, 03:25 AM   #3
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Be a great bar stool helmet, some of those damn things are just too high.

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Old 08-18-2012, 04:58 AM   #4
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if this can become legal, i will be the first one to buy it

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Old 08-18-2012, 06:17 AM   #5
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This is a use-once-and-throw-away helmet? For $600?

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Old 08-18-2012, 07:21 AM   #6
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This is a use-once-and-throw-away helmet?
Think about it: can't this be said for most helmets?


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Old 08-18-2012, 07:23 AM   #7
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Think about it: can't this be said for most helmets?


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I was thinking the exact same thing.

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Old 08-18-2012, 07:32 AM   #8
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I'll wait for the full face model.

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Old 08-18-2012, 08:40 AM   #9
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Think about it: can't this be said for most helmets?


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I was thinking the exact same thing.
Yeah ... I thought about that too, after I typed. Should have been a little more clear, I guess. I'm thinking more along the lines of deployment. The blog(?) didn't give a good explanation of just how this works.

If you lean to far ... it deploys? You get rear ended ... it deploys? If you through it across the room (like on the couch or chair) will it deploy? Just how, exactly does it sense a bike crash? How does this stay secured to the head? I'd like nothing better than to get rid of this bowling ball I've to wear on my head ... but this thing?

Looks like another one of those projects that are good for scoring points in college but ends up as another, expensive, piece of equipment looks good to some politician (and soccer mom) and we end up having to wear it and the bowling ball.

Just make the fucking bicycle riders wear a helmet and be done with it.

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Old 08-18-2012, 08:58 AM   #10
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In the 50's and 60's I rode my bike everywhere and crashed so many times,
doing crazy stuff. Never wore a helmet or had a head injury.

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Old 08-18-2012, 09:12 AM   #11
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This thing is meant for bicycles. It probably attaches to a ring on the bike, that feels when you've been ejected by pulling on the string. It could be developed for motorcycles, but when you're thrown off at 60mph, I doubt a little airbag would have the ability to absorb that much force without it going into your head.

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Old 08-18-2012, 09:13 AM   #12
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In the 50's and 60's I rode my bike everywhere and crashed so many times,
doing crazy stuff. Never wore a helmet or had a head injury.
OMG! Here we go. I rode many years W/O one. I'm still here to. I drove even longer W/O seat a belt or a balloon. I also miss wing windows and always had a church key on me.


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Old 08-18-2012, 09:48 AM   #13
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Good for at least one impact, but probably not so good for high speed abrasion?!

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Old 08-18-2012, 03:27 PM   #14
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I like inflatable sheep! Baaa!

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Old 08-18-2012, 03:54 PM   #15
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This is great for your gal if you don't have a padded headboard.

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Old 08-18-2012, 04:15 PM   #16
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the fucking bicycle riders
'nuf said...

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James. you're a baa-aa-aad boy!


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Old 08-18-2012, 08:07 PM   #17
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Yeah so it's going to stand up to multiple impacts? I'm guessing once you hit once on anything but a lawn that thing would pop.... I also think that would be true of a bicycle for anything over 5 mph.

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Old 08-19-2012, 08:29 AM   #18
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How tough is the skin? It looks like it would POP if it got hit hard enough.

Looks like a good swimming pfd! If you fall out of a boat, or it sinks, you're good!

Even better when drinking in the hot tub, you could pass out and not drown..

Hope they sell em with color options.. I like it.

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Old 08-19-2012, 08:57 AM   #19
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Where did her hair go?
Also, if someone got rich inventing this, do you think it went to their head?

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Old 08-19-2012, 11:06 AM   #20
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Invented by two Swedish women. Looks like there's an accelerometer in the collar, and that kicks off the inflation. Also stores crash data for later analysis. Good on them.

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