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The ‘invisible helmet’ makes cycling cool again

Model showing off the Hovding ‘invisible helmet’

By Dan Satherley

Put off cycling because you don’t like wearing a helmet? A new Swedish invention means there’s no longer any excuse.

The Hövding is an inflatable “invisible helmet” that slips around your neck in a deflated state, leaving the head exposed.

It’s equipped with accelerometers and gyroscopes that can detect when you’re falling off your bike, rapidly filling a nylon bag with helium.

The Hövding then cushions your head from potentially brain-damaging impacts. It only takes one-tenth of a second to inflate.

Sweden made wearing bike helmets compulsory 15 years ago.

“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,” Hövding creators Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin say on their website.

“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.”

Work on the Hövding began in 2005, and has cost over $10 million to develop. They cost around NZ$740, and only work once.

http://www.3news.co.nz/The-invisible-helmet-makes-cycling-cool-again/tabid/1160/articleID/266054/Default.aspx

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