Has anyone else seen this?

kwi
kwi Posts: 181
edited November 2013 in Road general
The 'invisible' helmet.
http://jalopnik.com/swedes-develop-invi ... socialflow

No matter on your personal views on helmets this is pretty impressive.

Comments

  • Yes; seen it before. Relies on it going off at exactly the correct moment of course.
  • handful
    handful Posts: 920
    Yes; seen it before. Relies on it going off at exactly the correct moment of course.

    So does an air bag.
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  • giant_man
    giant_man Posts: 6,878
    quite brilliant imo, depends how reliable it is ..
  • seanoconn
    seanoconn Posts: 11,407
    Might be a bit toasty for summer. I've seen this before, good idea but pretty expensive if I remember correctly and can only be deployed once.
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  • arran77
    arran77 Posts: 9,260
    If it's invisible then no I haven't seen it :wink:
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  • Brilliant idea, but think I'd still rather wear a helmet. I don't think I've ever had one ride and thought that my helmet (no jokes please) felt heavy or uncomfortable.
  • slowbike
    slowbike Posts: 8,498
    Brilliant idea, but think I'd still rather wear a helmet. I don't think I've ever had one ride and thought that my helmet (no jokes please) felt heavy or uncomfortable.

    I find I get very hot - I bought a better vented helmet this summer because I was getting so hot, it's better, but riding sans helmet is still cooler - I just don't do it when I'm going speeds that makes my head hot!
  • chris_bass
    chris_bass Posts: 4,913
    handful wrote:
    Yes; seen it before. Relies on it going off at exactly the correct moment of course.

    So does an air bag.

    true but an airbag goes off after impact, this would need to go off after a crash but before your head hit anything. if you take a corner on wet leaves and the bike slips out from under you how would it detect this before you hit the floor?
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  • owenlars
    owenlars Posts: 719
    They use accelerometers to detect abnormal motion and the thing goes off before you hit the ground. There is a video showing it at work and being tested.

    http://www.hovding.com/en/how_it_works/

    Mind you at 400 euros a time and it is disposable as well plus if you damage the collar it is also non repairable I would rather have a helmet.
  • Doesn't look any less bulky than a helmet to me (one of the complaints it is pro-ported to solve)- you just wear it round your neck instead. You may have a cooler head - but the wearing of a 3 inch thick neck warmer may counterbalance that benefit.

    All very clever - but to be honest it seems to be a solution for a problem that doesn't exist. Would presumably only be of use to urban cyclists/roadies anyway. (I go over the bars about once per ride on my mtb! Or how about the vertical deceleration after a one foot drop to flat).

    Doesn't solve the problem that you have to remember it/carry it/it takes up space when not wearing it. About the only thing it has going for it over a helmet is that it won't mess up your hair (other than cycling/wind/rain does anyway). So even for the urban hipster crowd who may go for it - the couple of folding helmets that are about at the mo probably solve the problem better and more cheaply..
  • when you have a helmet on you know that its there all the time ready ... with the invisible helmet its faith.

    Not sure about safety regarding clothing restricting it as it explodes over your head. Clothing like as calf or jacket. Where does the device actually sit ?
  • Mikey23
    Mikey23 Posts: 5,306
    Not getting my hair done like that...
  • Rather wear a helmet than have that round my neck.
  • Cupras
    Cupras Posts: 145
    My helmet hurts my head sometimes. I think it's time I changed helmets I currently have a bell XLV.
  • cmhill79
    cmhill79 Posts: 138
    €400 a pop? I have come off my road bike three times, fortunately suffering little more than minor scratches. So with this devise I would have spent nearly 2000 USD. Yeah that's not going to happen.

    Oh and if you think a helmet is warm imagine that thing wrapped around your neck for four hours in the middle of summer...

    I'll stick with my trusty helmet for now
  • 964cup
    964cup Posts: 1,362
    I think it's aimed at the fashion-forward 15kph basket/fixie/folding etc wobbler crew, not actual cyclists. If you're already putting on Lycra etc why wouldn't you wear a helmet? I've never found it bothers me (in fact I feel slightly exposed without one). I wear a helmet to ski, too, these days - and prefer that to another concussion.

    It's 3 degrees out there and still too warm for a buff; why on Earth would I want a massive neckwarmer?