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International interest in The Invisible Bicycle Helmet” (Sweden)

By Sarah Martens / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
After the release of a 3-minute documentary film about the two Swedish women behind the Hövding invisible bicycle helmet, interest in the helmet has surged everywhere, including in the U.S.
The documentary film tells the story of two design students, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, who took on a giant challenge as a class assignment. They developed an invisible bicycle helmet that protects our skulls. “If people say it’s impossible, we have to prove them wrong,” was their motto.

The starting point for their project was the idea that bikes are the way of the future. The problem, however, was that bicycle helmets had been extremely uncomfortable and always looked the same. After a seven-year development process they debuted the Hövding, a bicycle helmet that remains invisible until needed. It is designed to inflate in a fraction of a second in the case of an accident.

The Hövding looks like a collar worn around the neck. Inside is an air bag, similar to those used in cars. Shaped like a hood, the air bag is triggered when sensors - a combination of accelerometers and gyroscopes - pick up the abnormal movements of a bicyclist in an accident.

The woman claim their invention is even safer than a regular helmet. “This helmet is so much better than others; the airbag and the helium gas is much softer inside than a traditional helmet, Haupt says. She reports that 20 people have been in real accidents with the helmet on in Sweden and other European countries, and it has worked perfectly in every case.

See the video: The Invisible Bicycle Helmet / Fredrik Gertten

The Invisible Bicycle Helmet - Fredrik Gertten from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.



Source: ABC News
Country: 
Sweden
Topic: 
Walking and cycling
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