2012-08-15

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The Story Of The Innovation The Invisible Bike Helmet

Helmets are bulky, uncomfortable, and ugly. Watch the story of how two Swedish design students refused to accept that it was the only way to protect their heads while they were biking. What if you could do it with an inflatable airbag?

A few years ago, the Hövding bike helmet took the design and cycling worlds by storm because it wasn’t, in fact, a bike helmet. Instead, the head-protection device was installed in a collar that would release an air bag to surround your head in the event of an impact. No more unsightly bike helmets, but with protection in the event of a crash.

In the video above, the developers of the Hövding, design students Anna Haupt and Terese Alsti, talk about the process of creating the device, from the identification of the problem of uncomfortable helmets to the moment a design professor told them they would be millionaires.

Whether or not that’s true remains to be seen. You can buy a Hövding for about $500, which is a lot just to not have something uncomfortable on your head (and instead having a hot thing around your throat). Success or not, the story of the Hövding remains inspiring for showing people unwilling to accept the status quo and then finding a clever way to disrupt it.

There are some great clips of the Hövding in action in the video, below, you can see some uncut crash-test footage from our earlier coverage:

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  • Bharath Duraiswamy

    This is an awesome idea. However, I doubt on how the deployed airbag is going to provide a cushion  effect to the rider's head in a timely manner. Its the invention misses the vital timing then the airbag is just going to create the same impact when hitting the bare head on to a vehicle or road.