The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten

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“If people say it’s impossible we have to prove them wrong.”
Design students Anna and Terese took on a giant challenge as an exam project. Something no one had done before. If they could swing it, it would for sure be revolutionary. The bicycle is a tool to change the world. If we use bikes AND travel safe: Life will be better for all.

7 thoughts on “The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten

  1. It’s cool, but hardly invisible. Maybe in further iterations they will minimize the size of the collar. Props to them for thinking outside the box though.

  2. Ok redo-ing my response :)

    First great find and thanks for posting. Fascinating application of air bag technology, amazing. Also the video rocked! These girls know how to market!

    However (for me) there’s a few dots missing. I realize it’s only a video. Their reasoning for the need is odd. Helmets aren’t fun to wear … so put on this neck brace :) Personally I’d rather wear a helmet than the neck brace (although perhaps after actually trying it I’d have a different opinion). I thought cycling wasn’t dangerous, so why do we need the bubble wrap?

    I think Octavian’s comment is valid, perhaps they’ll be able to push the technology so that this thing is as thin as a string and be added to hoodies and T’s so that we get this benefit for any activitiy. The applications are endless.

    I did like that this neck air bag thingy actually provides far superiour protection than the average helmet. Can’t wait to see where this group takes their product / company.

    Again thanks for posting!!

    1. I’d rather have an air pillow around my head than a hard plastic case. It’s a fantastic idea.
      If they do manage to make it smaller, it will probably go to market at a very high price. This will eliminate most of the practicality of the idea since not many people will be getting one. It terms of design/engineering though, it’s a huge step forwards. I’d like to see them license the tech to one of the helmet manufacturers, to get the benefit of mass production.

      1. Here’s my take on the commercialization of the idea. Make it standard on bicycle clothing. Don’t do bicycle helmet manufacturers, go get magna or someone who’s already perfecting air bag technology. Car manufacturers would give you the benefit of mass production … helmet manufacturers probably won’t … although my guess is that car manufacurers are the ones creating bike helmets as it’s likely the same product line as the foam created for bumpers and such.

        Anyone else have any insight here?

  3. Mass production hasn’t really brought the price of airbags for cars down much, they are still a few hundred to replace if they fire. I imagine the costs are in the explosives that inflate the bags as well as all the computer circuitry that detects the collision and decides if it needs to fire aren’t really all that cheap to make.

    I wonder how many ways there are to put this thing on improperly… maybe it’ll break a neck if it’s put on backward. Will dropping this thing set it off? Imagine knocking your fancy wearable airbag off the counter and being out 400$.

    Oh looks like they’re for sale by this Swedish outfit… 350$ ouch. I don’t wear a helmet and this thing certainly doesn’t strike me as a reasonable alternative to one. I guess it seems to protect the jaw and face a bit better but so does a full-face helmet. It also weighs 607g… bit heavy to wear around the neck for a few hours, even for a city ride in the heat and humidity I think it’s be really annoying to wear.

    1. I can’t read Swedish, but from the video it looks like it turns off once it’s unzipped, or has some other on/off function.
      Kinda pricey, but I paid $150 for my helmet, so maybe not that bad.
      It seems geared more toward the ladies, as it kinda resembles a scarf. It would be annoying in the heat of summer IMHO.

    2. Love the website (and love Google’s translation service). I couldn’t tell whether it was reusable. If it’s reusable I’m getting one … just to try out :) …. I’m thinking a slow moving endo still buys you a headache.

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