Hövding Invisible Bicycle Helmet
In an effort to change the way cyclists view safety and style, Swedish designers Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin have produced an innovative airbag hood.
The Hövding Invisible Bicycle Helmet is a fabric collar containing a built-in airbag designed to inflate around a cyclist’s head on impact. Both stylish and functional, it features a changeable fabric shell that can be changed based on weather and style.
The helmet was recently nominated for the Design Product of the Year 2012 award by The Design Museum in London. The process from design to device took seven years of intensive research and development, following the design duo’s joint university thesis on Swedish cycling laws.
Haupt and Alstin surveyed the streets to understand why urban cyclists were choosing not to wear a helmet. They found that traditional helmets are deemed too bulky, unfashionable, and hard to carry and store. Scientific research proved that shock absorption from an airbag is greater than that of the polymer foam inside a traditional bicycle helmet.
The Hövding Invisible Bicycle Helmet is sold online from $600 (£369) at Hövding.com.