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Heating and Cooling Motorcycle Helmet

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Talk' started by Cyndy, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. From Engadget:

    All-weather motorcycle helmet heats and cools your face, protects grey matter

    Bob Averill, who introduced us to the world of underwater hamster care, had a couple of other projects to show us during our visit to Portland, Oregon, including the All-Weather Motorcycle Helmet. What, you ask, makes a motorcycle helmet "all-weather?" Why, built-in heating and cooling, of course. Averill started with a standard Vega modular helmet, adding an evaporative cooler powered by a solar panel on top. The cooler pulls air from an intake on the helmet's side, sucking up more air at higher speeds and blowing it through a sponge, across the wearer's face. When things get too cold, there's a heater built into the liner, created from a heated mouse pad and powered by a lithium battery. Averill is looking to get the project mass-produced, but that's easier said than done, when it comes to a safety products like this -- and Kickstarter, apparently, isn't playing ball. Check out a video of the helmet after the break.

    (I don't know how to embed video, so here's a link):

    Article with video

    Would you buy it?
  2. I don't think so. What if it went haywire while you were riding and started burning you?

  3. Call for baby Jesus, Tom Cruise, and/or Oprah?

    I wouldn't wear it either...but the cooling feature would be kinda nice sometimes.
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  4. Mmmm wet sponge and electricity? Can anyone say Green Mile :shock:
  5. Jeezusmarthastewartmotherofoprah! Tom Cruise save me!!!
    something like that? The cooling would be nice, my AGV is pretty toasty.
  6. :mfclap: ok now that is funny..
  7. Bah! No kidding!

    Lol, yeah...something like that would work. :)
  8. i see what you did there......

    but no it's not for me.
  9. KevinD

    KevinD Modulator Staff Member

    Naysayers :angry7:

    You'll wear heated gloves, vests jackets, pants, but not a heated helmet? Sounds like a natural to me.

    As for the cooling, the small amount of electricity from a solar cell won't have any issues with a moistened sponge. I'd be more concerned about the sponge drying out. Also, while evaporative cooling is surprisingly efficient, it doesn't work very well in high humidity (but would work very well up here in the northwest.)

  10. Nah. Don't like a bunch of crap built into my lid. I'd just like one with airflow designed by an actual aeronautics engineer, rather than some guy armed with a power drill and cheap plastic bits.

    Not saying those lids don't exist, just saying that I'd like one. Of course, they cost as much as an entire freaking BIKE, so I do not have one.
  11. I'd be happy with a helmet that doesn't require aftermarket bits and pieces to stop the visor from fogging!
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