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LightMode Helmets Will Get You Noticed On The Road

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Motorcyclists have a bad reputation for attracting attention in all the wrong ways. But while a good portion of them do like to simply show off, getting noticed is also a matter of safety. Car drivers are used to look for other cars on the road, but motorcycles are smaller and easier to miss, especially at night. Increasing your visibility is never a bad thing, and these LightMode Electroluminescent light kits could not only help in that regard, but could do so stylishly. They’re light-up wires that connect into a small control module, which itself is wedged between the shell and the padding or glued on with 3M adhesives. You can order them as a kit and make your own design. Or if you don’t trust your skills, you can order a number of helmets pre-fitted with the wires. There are three mode selections: constant glow, blink and off. You can use regular AA batteries, but 2,000mAh rechargeables will reportedly squeeze 13 hours of operation before needing to be charged.

Currently on pre-order on Kickstarter, $72 will get you a kit, which comes in aqua, red, white, green, blue, yellow, and pink colours. The pre-installed helmets start at $295 for an HJC CL-Y Razz, and up to $770 for a Shoei RF-1200.

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[ Project Page ] VIA [ LikeCool ]

Is A Ridiculous Paper Pulp Bike Helmet Better Than Nothing At All?

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Keeping the contents of your head on the inside is a priority shared by many cyclists, thus the popularity of the bike helmet. But there’s a situation where helmets are rarely used: bike rental/sharing (like Montreal’s Bixi, NYC’s City Bikes or London’s “Boris Bikes”). Since most people don’t walk around with a helmet, they’re unlikely to have one when they decide to hop on a bike, so they ride without. The Paper Pulp Helmet concept looks to offer an alternative. Made from paper pulp derived from recycled newspapers, the helmet is vaccuum formed and can conceivably be sold for around $1.50, which is cheap enough to be paid for alongside a bike rental. The grooves that you see serve multiple purposes, like allowing for straps to be used, as well as providing aeration to prevent a wearer’s overheating. An organic additive is included in its preparation which makes the helmet waterproof for six hours. And when you’re done, simply toss it in a recycling bin and move on with your day.

Will a paper helmet keep you safe? It allegedly meets “stringent European safety standards”, though even if it doesn’t, some protection is arguably better than none.

And yes, this is only a concept at the moment, with no word on when or if it’ll ever see light of day.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Predator Helmet Could Help You Get Some Respect On The Road

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This is one badass looking helmet. Based on a regular helmet structure (and thus, safe), Russian-based NLO Moto sculpts with fiberglass, carbon fiber and polycarbonate a crazy looking helmet reminiscent of the Predator. It’s complete with a dreadlock mullet and a tri-laser LED light, which can be upgraded to become a (possibly illegal) actual tri-laser. Other upgrades include carbon spearheads that attach at the tip of the dreadlocks, and “top level airbrushing”. Keep in mind that this is all on top of the base price, which stands at a hefty $780. That’s a lot of money to spend on a motorcycle helmet, so here’s hoping your ride is equally impressive.

[ NLO Moto ] VIA [ GeekAlerts ]

Accordion-Like Helmet Could Fit Odd Sized Heads

Getting people to wear their helmets is hard enough to start with, let alone when they have to struggle to find a size that fits their heads just right. Yes, we know there are adjustable straps within most cycling helmets so the point is kind of moot, but what else are we supposed to talk about to make an introduction to this particular item? It’s a folding helmet, made by Carrera, that stretches out to fit heads of any size without compromising on safety with an accordion-like design. Maybe we should focus instead on the fact that once it’s folded, it becomes a lot easier to stuff into a backpack, eh? Come to think of it, that’s probably the main feature here: its portability, not its adjustability. Oh well, whatever the case we don’t know the price or when it’ll be available, but it is a real product that should hit the shelves at some point.

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