Two female Swedish design students spent seven years researching crash data and over $10 million developing a new form of head protection that avoids both aesthetic/design concerns while still saving lives.
The Hovding Invisible Bike Helmet ($600 US) is essentially an advanced personal airbag collar equipped with a cold gas helium inflator and variety of sensors that detect abnormal movements while riding. In the event of an accident, a hood-shaped ultra strong nylon airbag inflates in under 0.1 seconds, protecting a rider’s head prior to impact.
A black box records 10 seconds of data before and during any accident, helping various authorities piece together what happened in the hope of preventing crashes in the future.
The device also features a rechargeable battery and can deliver charges/upgrades via a USB connection.