When I ride my bike I always wear a helmet, so when I saw this video (embedded in the link below) I was intrigued.
However as much as I like the air bag concept of the helmet, dont think I would feel compfortable with it. What if it wouldn't open when needed?
How reliable do you think this really is?
Interesting concept, that would require a lot of proof before I considered it a reasonable alternative to traditional helmets. I do NOT wear a helmet when bicycling, as the statistics cited for survivability are more than a tad misleading and I have personal experience with a situation where someone died BECAUSE they were wearing a helmet and would have otherwise survived. Nothing is perfect, and in some situations and for some people I can clearly see the value of a helmet, but it is borderline enough for me that I pass.
That said, I'd love to see a boatload more R&D on a product like this. Would I use it? No way.
A helmet saved my life once, and has saved me from headaches many times so i always wear one. Making something simple like a helmet complicated by adding electronics & an airbag mechanism to me is just adding opportunities for it to not work correctly. The higher the part count, the higher the failure rate usually...
Sorry about your friend, however helmets can prevent brain injuries when falling from a bike. To not wear a helmet is your choice, but I would not recommend it. (I actually wear the same bike helmet when I rollerblade).
I had a friend that got hit by a mirror from a truck while riding. How would this have protected him? Also, what if you are going around a turn and loose traction? There are more things that can go wrong then just being hit. I have been riding for a long time and I could not see using this as a helmet.
It's an interesting concept, but I see a few marketing problems:
1) It does not eliminate the, for lack of a better term, 'd0rk' factor. You no longer need to wear a d0rky helmet, but now you're wearing a d0rky thick collar.
2) There is no place to put traditional safety accessories, such as helmet-mounted rear-view mirrors.
3) With all the tech involved, the price tag would exceed that of helmets for life for a family of four who are all into X-treme sports biking. counting both the helmets that crack fulfilling their protection role and the kids outgrowing helmets as they grow up.
4a) A traditional helmet can be worn after a spill and will provide some protection even if compromized, it's not a good as an undamaged helmet but it's still better than nothing. The air bag will either deflate and become useless, or...
4b) If it stays inflated, raises the d0rkiness factor to the point where traditional helmets are 'mirrorshades cool' by comparison..
Also, looking at the photos, what happened to the model's topknot ponytail? I see no bulge in the helmet where that knot should be poking it, and the rest of the tail should have been flipped up over her head and into her eyes when the helmet deployed.
Good afternoon Everybody
First of all I want to thank you ‘Christina N’ for always publishing interesting topics. I see that Hodving Invisible Helmet is a good innovative idea. The application is a real example of how creativity should be. They tried to satisfy people needs with a nice good looking product guaranteeing their safety but unfortunately the result was expensive, not practical and most probably woudl be used for once in life.
I would like to give a big thump for the creativity of the idea and in the great ability of combining art design with sensors and electronics in a form making it completely natural.
Answering your question “What if it wouldn't open when needed?” Immediately, your question reminds me of ‘Parachuting’ what if the that parachute didn’t open on the prober moment! I think as the Parachute successfully gained people trust, the Hodving Helmet could also gain people trust if they applied the right techniques.
About the question of reliability; we can say that reliability is a term group inside itself other certain terms: availability and proficiency. Simply, reliability means being available to do a certain service and doing this service at the right time and in the right way (proficiency). The availability of Hodving Helmet is directly depending on the power of the batteries and the status of sensor; without working batteries or any unexpected problem with sensors the helmet will not be available anymore it will be just a useless scarf. Another point I think that the helmet will be used only for once, after it break out you will not be able to use it again – I just guess I am not completely sure. About the point of proficiency, the device is based on deploying a hood around head and neck for shocks protection, but what if the head had fallen down over a non-flat surface contains spikes? What about as Imagery said a hard object hit the rider head while he is going on by his bike? The sensor will not be able to detect any change in the rider latitude and longitude.
I don’t think that this product will survive for a long time in the market. Let me list the points I see that it will work against this product in the market:
The traditional helmet is more practical and more matched with the environment of a bicycle. Actually, people don’t wear it because they think that driving bicycle is a safe enough than many other things they used to do in their daily life. Rising awreness about the importance of the bike's helmet will open the market for many opportunities.