If youâ€™re like me and never wear a bike helmet because you donâ€™t want to mess up your hair, you may be interested in the latest biking safety technology: an invisible bike helmet.
No, seriously. After 7 years of research, Terese Alstin and Ana Haupt of Sweden have developed an â€œinvisible bike helmetâ€ that is basically a chic looking scarf that activates an air bag when youâ€™re in an accident. The Hovding costs $600 and only works one time.
The pair started the project as Lund University students after getting fed-up with standard bike helmets that felt â€œlike a hard mushroom on your head.â€
The HÃ¶vding uses battery-operated accelerometers and gyroscopes to detect motions typically involved in bike crashes. An inflator is triggered that fills the airbag inside it with helium. The airbag forms as a hood, protecting your dome from the impact of a crash.
The price is a little steep ($600), especially since it only works one time, but if biking is your main source of transportation and you donâ€™t want to deal with a sweaty, messy head all day at the office or running errands, it may be well worth it.
Does this kind of wearable technology appeal to you?