The Invisible, Inflatable, Airbag Helmet

by Mark R

Whether you know it or not, this lady is wearing a helmet. It is concealed in her scarf.

I realize that sounds pretty unbelievable, as most helmets are pretty hard and cover the whole head. Yet this Invisible Airbag Helmet is crumpled up in the lady’s neck with an airtank, apparently.

There is a video after the jump so you can see how it protects. You will notice how it can somehow detect a sudden impact in a few milliseconds and create this perfect shape of a helmet around the user’s head.

You’ll notice from the video how the helmet can protect the user from all kinds of spills. Think of it as the airbag in the car, designed for your head.

There is clearly some bugs to work out before this is used on real people. For example, how does the helmet know what is a real accident and what is a harmless stumble. In other words, it could go off at any moment. Worse yet, it could not go off when it absolutely needs to.

Well, this is probably going to take a while before we can ride without traditional helmets. Until then, I believe that helmets are required by bicyclists.


4 reviews or comments

Ted Selker Says: October 20, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Philippe Block made a collar style inflatable helmet as a project in my Industrial design Intelligence class at MIT Media Lab in 2004. It was cool,,,, BUT NOWHERE AS DEVELOPED AND EXCELLENT AS THIS ONE… WE DIDN’T HAVE THE TESTING FACILITY…!

Ted Selker

Master Korea_Lee Says: October 27, 2010 at 12:01 am

I wonder how to buy airbag helmet & purchasing cost. Please e-mail me ASAP.

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