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This guy’s wearing a bike helmet. Can you see?

Want to get rid of uncomfortable styrofoam-and-plastic turtle shells strapped to your heads? The invisible bike helmet invented by a pair of Swedish women can protect your head without, remarkably, actually wearing anything on your head. Confused?

Well, this is how the Hövding helmet works. It is a revolutionary bicycle helmet that is worn as a collar around your neck. The collar contains an airbag that will inflate and protect the head in the event of an accident. Compared to ordinary cycle helmets, Hövding is said to provide the best shock absorption in the world. It also easily becomes part of your outfit using the changeable shell.

“The invisible bicycle helmet uses rechargeable battery-powered accelerometers and gyroscopes that detect the typical motions involved in a bike crash. They trigger a tiny gas inflator which instantly fills a nylon airbag with helium. The bag forms a hood around your head that cushions the impact of the street, a car, or anything else you slam into,” TechCrunch earlier reported.

Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin came up with the design while studying industrial design at Sweden’s Lund University. SFist reported: “Production of the helmet was a collaboration airbag manufacturer Alva Sweden. They reenacted thousands of bicycle accidents during the seven-year testing and design period, and the thing apparently works.”

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The Hövding helmet is reportedly only available from Swedish, Danish, and other European retailers.

6 Comments

  1. It’s sounds alright except that there are parts that could easily malfunction. Oh, and make sure you keep those batteries charged. When protecting my noggin I’d rather use something tried and true.

  2. Highly ingenious, incredibly expensive and about as much use as a chocolate ironing board. Judging by the number of times this story has been recycled over the past five years, there must be warehouses full of these things that they just can’t shift.

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