Unlike the emperor’s new clothes, the Hövding “invisible helmet” isn’t a wacky con. The unique CE certified helmet was designed by a pair of women who wouldn’t be caught dead in a typical helmet. Not even these ones. The collar, which can be color coordinated with your outfit via replaceable shells, deploys an airbag when onboard sensors detect a crash is imminent.
The entire package retails for $600. So what do you get and how does it work?
The airbag is inflated by a cold gas inflator that uses helium. The airblag will retain constant pressure for several seconds after the initial impact – good enough to withstand multiple short impacts.
The $600 Hövding invisible helmet is a one hit wonder. Unlike a parachute, once the helmet deploys, its worthless. The device needs to be sent in to the manufacturer for maintenance and a discount on your next “invisible helmet.”
The airbag is made from ultra strong nylon fabric which inflates in .1 seconds, just don’t forget to turn the helmet on, and keep it charged. The collar incorporates a black box which records 10 seconds of data from just slightly before and after an accident.
The collar is water poof but not intended to be washed. The customizable outer shells can be washed and protect the collar from dirt, sweat, and grime.
The technology has a lot of interesting applications and a similar product by alpine stars has been used to great effect by top moto gp riders. Cost aside, would you consider wearing the invisible helmet and what applications would you like to see this used for?