Video: Bicycle Airbag Helmet… Seriously
Designed to enclose the head in an accident, the “helmet” is a durable nylon airbag that’s inflated with a helium gas generator in 0.1 seconds. The covers are soft and can be removed and washed, and a variety of prints and colors are or will be available to match your outfit. Inside it all are accelerometers and gyrometers that sense an impact and inflate before your head hits anything.
Another video and more details after the break…
The airbag should surround enough of your head to protect you while leaving enough opening in the front to maintain a field of vision and let you breathe…although it likely won’t do much for the total faceplant in the video above.
Once inflated, it remains full for several seconds to handle multiple impacts, then slowly deflates, much like an automotive airbag. It weighs about 670g without the shell.
Lest you worry about accidentally inflating it while rocking out on the walk into the office, there’s an on/off switch at the front by the zipper used to secure it around your neck. There are small LED lights to show battery charge and indicate whether it’s on or off, and you can charge it with a mini-USB cable.
Lastly, if you’re in an accident, a small internal black box records the motion for the 10 seconds prior to the trauma, and if you return your Chieftain to Hovding after the accident so they can review, they’ll give you a discount on a second one.
CE safety certification is pending. Pre-0rder now for 2,498kr (Swedish Krona, about $375) or wait until they’re fully shipping and get it for 2,998kr (about $450).