I visited a lab that specializes in helmet safety.
What I learned horrified me...
47.1% of impacts are to the front of the helmet which
has never been designed appropriately
how can a bike helmet
be designed to be both safer and more desirable?
96% of bicyclists who died in 2006 were not wearing helmets
many users do not understand the severity of a crash or know how to act accordingly
I saw three distinct opportunities to create a better bike helmet
a safer form
a more educated
stylized / kitsch
-32 years old
-works and lives in the city
-desires to lead a healthier lifestyle and ride her bike to keep in the same shape she was in college
-wants to keep a professional look and the freedom to live the way she wants.
-she is afraid of traffic.
-She can't find a helmet that looks professional enough
-26 years old
-commutes to work in the city
-wants to save some money and time by taking public transportation and biking.
-he hates how cumbersome helmets are on the subway and doesn't know where to put it.
-he is prone to concussions but is unsure how to know for sure. He also doesn't know if he can reuse a scuffed up helmet.
Creating a flexible top might make
the helmet portable enough for a backpack
Material could be added to the
front in a number of ways
A break in material could visually
take weight off the front of the helmet.
Improved adjustability might
improve the overall safety
Asymmetrical design could be a trendy detail that may make helmets more desirable
I began with creating a restriction of adding 1 1/2 inches of extra foam padding to the front to create a safer form factor.
To further refine the form, I used clay
and a manikin head to get a better understanding of it's proportions. Adding a crease on the sides seemed to visually break down the extra mass in front.
To prove a possible direction to improve portability, I cast a shell of silicone (to mimic a soft shelled helmet) and attached modular pieces of foam on the inside. The form inverted successfully.
I built the helmet out of foam to get a
proper understanding of its size
soft HD Polyethylene shell
which the user inverts to pack away
modular polystyrene foam
pieces are attached to the polyethylene shell
breathable machine washable
fabric is attached via velcro to ensure a comfort fit
accelerometer to send emergency
feedback to a phone app via bluetooth
breathable fabric strap
robust car-style buckle
A reflector wraps around to
ensure a safe experience around
The helmet is designed
to collapse and store
easily in backpacks and
drawers to create an
The top half "pops" in by means
of the material inverting. the top
is "popped" out by pulling via the
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Moon bold and light (and variations of them)
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The slot in the "T"
mimics the slot through
the helmet top which
functions both as a
vent and as an
important touch point.
The car-style buckle
gives a sense of
quality and safety
as well as an
opportunity to use
the "T" in a functional
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