See the bicycle helmet on the sharply-dressed lady above? It’s actually that scarf-y thing around her neck – the Hövding helmet. And when you crash, it EXPLODES… into a cosy air-filled helmet, like so:
The airbag covers the head, and also protects your forehead and lower neck, too.
On-board sensors detect dangerous changes in motion, instantly inflating the helmet using a small canister of helium.
It works if you come a cropper face-first:
Topple over sidewards:
Or get rudely interrupted up the rear:
Pretty cool stuff. And it even seems to work for real:
The Hövding Helmet is not on sale in any London stores, but you can buy it online, direct from the manufacturer, for £337. Quite a price to pay for a helmet that won’t muss your hair up, but high fashion – and really cool technology – don’t always come cheap.