Cycling helmets are a must in many countries. Like in the case of motorbike riders, cyclist helmets are life savers too. The tragedy is that they are not user friendly. Rather, they do not fit well. An ill-fitting helmet means definitely means less protection. You have to keep trying on the different sizes for that right size.
Here is where the Regenerative Helmet works. It overcomes the fitting issue with its hard outer shell and inner flexible segments that allow the helmet to sit, fitting better on your head. Its liner uses dual density multi-impact foam to provide impact protection for both low and high speed accidents.
Designed by Blake Witherow, student designer at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology at Australia, the useful piece of cycling gear has been shortlisted in the Australian Design Awards – James Dyson Award 2010.
Witherow spent five months researching new materials and design methods to provide greater safety to cyclists. He has said that current bicycle helmets had many deficiencies, such as aggressive styling, prompting him to work on the piece.
Regenerative Helmet has two rear halves that are squeezed together and held by a ratchet strap. Road cyclists’ beanies and skull caps can still be worn without affecting its correct fit. This aside, the regenerative helmet’s other feature is that you could use a single button with raised dimples, to help you remove it. His design is one of the more than 300 entries at the Australian Design Awards – James Dyson Awards this year.
Via: gizmag, studentdesignawards