Helmethub concept lets you rent bicycle helmets


For July onwards, cyclists who happen to reside in Boston will be able to rent helmets from solar-powered vending machines which have been strategically stationed right beside popular Hubway spots (which so happens to be the city’s bicycle sharing system that was introduced to mainstream consciousness last summer). This particular concept for Helmethub hailed from a dozen MIT undergraduates and was first revealed during their 2011 Product Engineering Final Presentation, where courtesy of a product-design course that required the students to think up of building prototypes from scratch in the span of a single semester. There was no looking back since then, as the company has worked round the clock in order to refine their product offering so that it can be ready in time for the masses in the near future.

Each of these solar-powered vending machines will be able to store three dozen helmets and boast of a touchscreen similar to those on Hubway rental kiosks. Rentals will cost you approximately $2, while riders who figure out that they will be doing a whole lot of biking for a long time to come might prefer to settle for purchasing a helmet outright instead. Once you are done with your helmet, you can always return it to the location that you are dropping off your borrowed bike, where the helmet will then be sent to the company’s headquarters to be inspected and sanitized prior to the next distribution move.


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