Swedish designers Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin started a project that no one else had done before. If they could swing it, it would for sure be revolutionary. The idea of the project started in 2005 in a master’s-level industrial design course. They designed a collar that can sense a bike crash and then immediately blow up as an airbag to protect the cyclist’s head from injuries. Thats why its called The Invisible Bicycle Helmet.
The collar or as the Swedish call it the “Hövding” has an electronic sensors that can sense a bike crash, when the sensors are triggered the helium gas deploys to fill up the nylon bag. It takes only a tenth of a second to fully inflate.
The collar also has a “black box” built in that records the 10 seconds of data before and during the crash. It has six LED lights showing the battery level and a micro USB port for charging the battery.
The project is still under study and development to improve the helmets safety. Watch the short video documentary of the two Swedish designers below.