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Invisible bike helmet invented

By Mark Harradine     Nov 17, 2013 in Technology
After almost nine years of research and development two Swedish designers have invented a new way to keep cyclists safe on the roads — an invisible helmet. The new helmet is in fact an airbag that fits into a large collar around the cyclist’s neck.
The name “invisible” has been given to the design as it cannot be seen while riding the bike. The airbag works in a way that if a biker falls off their bicycle, the collar is filled with gas and the airbag surrounds the riders head. The two Swedish design students, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, started working on the airbag collar in 2005 after investigating thousands of cycling accidents. "Bicycle helmets have always been the same. They're so bulky, like a hard mushroom on your head,” commented the designers. They strongly believed that if they could find a helmet that was more fashionable more people would be inclined to wear a helmet and therefore fewer injuries would occur. Their new invention is called the Hövding. After co-operating with a Swedish airbag company, Alva, the Hövding design became reality and the airbag collar is available for around $530.
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