Oct 20 2010Ya Best Protect Ya Neck: Airbag Helmets


There's nothing worse than getting hit by a car riding a bike (but cars can't ride bikes!). Kidding, there are much worse things, like getting hit by a tractor trailer while riding a bike. Missiles and gunfire are also bad. But, starting next year, an airbag helmet might just save your life. It won't, however, save you any money. The head protectors will cost around $450 when the go on sale this spring. "Screw that, I'll just risk it!" Haha, I thought you'd say that. Which is why I loosened your handlebars.

The Hövding, which means "Chieftain" in Swedish, is the brainchild of Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, who said they wanted to develop a form of protection that would increase helmet use.

"The protection would include preserving the sense of freedom and not ruin your hairstyle," Alstin says on the website David Report.

Hövding involves a black waterproof collar surrounding an the airbag and other components. The collar attaches to a removable, washable shell that currently comes in black and a red paisley design

The Hövding will go on sale next spring, just in time for bike weather.

Hoho, *gesturing at pants* I've got a Hövdinger for you right here! No, I really don't is the thing. What I do have is a pocketful of warm Starburst and bar tabs. "Jesus, GW, you really live the life, don't you?" Nope, I die it. Wow, that turned out a lot more depressing than I'd hoped. *glug glug* Oh well -- you win some, you booze some.

Hit the jump for an un-inflated shot and a worthwhile crash-test video of the instant head protector in action.


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This Ridiculous Inflatable European Bike Helmet Could Save Your Life -- and Your Hairdo [popsci]

Thanks to Gw's Pet Dino, who, good boy. Are you daddy's good little boy?! And to Kristoffer, who can't even fetch a newspaper UNLIKE OTHER PETS I KNOW.

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yay, something i submitted was posted :)


This is ridiculous

Dang it! some day, some day...

Long last the robots!

I want this for the movie theater. Next time that annoying douche behind me keeps running his cock-holster during the flick, I'm inflating this bitch and blocking his whole row's view. What's he gonna do, hit me in the back of the head?

Nice is both useful AND fashionable

I like the fragile emaciated models. Because they get out, grimy, and bike a lot.

How does it know whaen you're falling? Will it just burst open if you bend down to pick something up? This is stupid as hell if you think about it for longer than three seconds.

wont protect you from the money shot ladiezzz

pretty cool. quick question how did they get that shot of the inflated one? did they detonate one on the woman and take the pic at just the right moment? if so how did they explode it? by remote? or did they throw stuff at her until it blew up? am i looking to far into this?

lol. from the looks of it it works on some sort of gyroscope, so when it feels a dramatic change in orientation it deploys.

AKA one sweet headbang would do the trick.

Long last the robots!

Release mechanism is controlled by sensors that register abnormal movements of the rider in an accident.

finally a helmet gay enuff for trevor.

Neat. I thought it looked dumb until I realized it's not inflated all the time.
I wonder how you keep it pointed forward, as I would not want the back of it to inflate in front of my face?

Another reference to Wu Tang in such a short period of time. Looks like GW is gone gangsta.

So what, if I fall on the side, it'll pop open. No that's too much. It won't suit my extreme lifestyle. Plus, I can't still wear no helmet wich is way better.

wu tang? wu tang?! i am so in love



Now i can crash hippies with no feel of guilty

guess someone bumping on your shoulder, or from from behind while you walk would get you on a pretty embarrassing situation./..

Face meets the floor at 4:05

this was on extreme rollercoasters on the travel channel last week

Presenting.....Instant Powdered Wig! It inflates right after your rival or some drunk bloak hits ya' with his car. They'll freak out even more after hitting ya' after noticing the inflatable wig poofing out on impact.

Brought to you by, powdered toast.

They're too late to save Princess Diana.


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Gold autumn, personality Men's clothing + Shoes,

Travel bag that grabs an eye coat + Chao packet

Free transport

Lol. Why oh
Have a fasion model wear this. Instead of, you know. A cycler.

Pretty cool idea...worth 450$ though..I think not

It's a nice concept, but it needs some modifying to be fully effective.
Exhibit A: NOT THE FACE @ 4:03-4:05
I don't know how willing I'd be to pay $450 for something that doesn't protect my beautiful mug–at least it protects the sensory section of your brain, but if I hit my frontal lobe, and survive, I could become an obsessive gambler/alcoholic... Not exactly at the top of my list for my life aspirations.

i want oneeee.! :D

Pretty sure Joel Robinson created during an Invention Exchange back in '93. It was just before he watched "Robot vs The Aztec Mummy."

That helmet is from oblivion.

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