There are several issues with using a bicycle helmet that make people
really not want to use them -- they can be hot, itchy, uncomfortable,
and make you look silly. Worst of all, it can ruin your hairdo and give
you a terrible case Putting on the invisible helmet (You Tube Image)of helmet head. There has to be a better out there
-- and there is. It is an "invisible" bicycle helmet created by
designers in Sweden.
The invisible helmet, officially known as the Hovding device, looks a lot like a bulky sort of scarf worn around the neck. The collar is designed to shoot out an inflated protective nylon hood once it senses an impact is under way. The device deploys in one-tenth of a second and actually covers more of the head than traditional helmets, including the entire neck. It protects three to four times better than helmets. Essentially, it is an airbag for your head.
Designers Terese Alstin and Anna Haupt were tired of traditional hard plastic designs that were unfashionable and ruined their hair. There is also that devastating loss of getting to feel the wind in your follicles.
Crash-test dummy wearing the invisible helment (You Tube Image)So they decided that it was time to put some girl power behind the issue. They started working on their invention back in 2005 when they were students in Industrial Design at Sweden's University of Lund.
Over the next several years they planned, refined and tested the device, which monitors a rider's movements more than 200 times a second using a computer, sensors, and gyros. When it senses a collision a small gas canister in the back of the collar inflates the protective cover. Testing included the use of crash-test dummies in a variety of simulations -- from icy roads to being hit by a car.
The cover stays inflated for several seconds to allow the cyclist to take multiple head impacts in the same accident before it begins to deflate.
The collar comes in a number of fashionable colors so that you can look you best while on your bike. The only issue is that the Hovding retails for more than $500 and cannot be reused. It may be a while until it is financially feasible for most bicyclists.
For now, I think most folks will stick to the traditional bike helmets.
Source: NBC News