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Funky New Bike Helmet Acts Like an Airbag

Tired of dealing with bulky bike helmets? The Hövding might be the answer for you.

Designed by two Swedish university students for their thesis project, this novel device cleverly combines the best of bike helmets and airbags. Just zip the nifty little Hövding scarf around your neck (left photo), and you’re good to go.

If, heaven forbid, you should find yourself in an accident, a set of gyroscopes and accelerometers will sense the impending crash and immediately inflate the helmet (right photo).

Still doubtful? Check out this video of crash tests, and watch the helmet expand in slow motion:

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Image: Hövding via Wired

4 Responses to “Funky New Bike Helmet Acts Like an Airbag”

  1. […] of wearing a regular bike helmet? Try the Hovding, a Swedish scarf-mounted airbag system. Neat video at the […]

  2. I’d like to see some rigorous roughness testing on them… I have a feeling that it might pop if your head lands on the pavement or gravel or any other hard, potentially pointy surface.

    Nice concept though.

  3. […] both bicycle and helmet technologies have advanced considerably over the years, cyclists still face many risks on the road. […]

  4. […] both bicycle and helmet technologies have advanced considerably over the years, cyclists still face many risks on the road. […]

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