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2012-08-14 03:03:57 PM
TL;DW: Two Swedish girls invent a wearable airbag for your head.
 
2012-08-14 03:45:24 PM
That's great, but how will you find it?
 
2012-08-14 03:53:19 PM
Timely.
 
2012-08-14 04:22:56 PM
I was struck by a car whilst riding my bike sans helmet, and now I'm nds;kjnaskjdhiuf bmarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
 
2012-08-14 04:35:27 PM
These girls appear to not suck at math.
 
2012-08-14 04:42:10 PM
fc09.deviantart.net

Didn't her Kourier outfit have something like this in it?
 
2012-08-14 04:45:11 PM
Good, this cat needs a helmet:

icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-08-14 04:59:38 PM
What a horrid idea.

Bike helmets are WAY too bulky and uncomfortable, so lets invent a self-inflating airbag helmet that you have to wear like a cross between a winter parka and a neck brace. Yeah that'll be wonderful to wear in the summer. Oh yeah, I hope you never have to reach down to scratch your leg while you're riding, because the position sensors might decide you are crashing, and deploy the airbag. And while you're at it, you better be prepared to fork out $500 for this thing, and probably a similar amount every time it deploys for a replacement airbag insert.

BUT HEY at least you wont have to wear a helmet and muss up your awesome hairdo.
 
2012-08-14 05:01:18 PM
I would bank on a visible law suit when that thing doesn't go off or goes off improperly.
 
2012-08-14 05:05:31 PM
Note to Vimeo: if you can no longer stream your videos offer a download option, it will save us all the embarrassment.
 
2012-08-14 05:09:03 PM
It's not a "horrid idea", but it's not a solution to all the helmet's problems. It shifts the burden of bulkiness/discomfort to a different area of the body, which for some may be enough to get them on a bike, or to get them wearing some kind of head protection. That's enough for me. And, yeah, I would hope for $10M of venture capital they've managed to sort out triggering issues. Also, why would you pull $500 out of the air? That's a stupidly high number, where no one would buy it. $200's probably closer to reality, w/ a ~$50 re-pack/charge fee. But, really, what's a head worth?

It's kind of like the PFD evolution: the bulky, uncomfortable jackets still have their uses (e.g. rafting), but the slim, CO2-powered ones have made it a lot easier to to do things like trim sails competently w/o sacrificing safety.
 
2012-08-14 05:24:06 PM
That was way more fun when I mentally replaced every instance of "bike helmet" with "condom." E.g.

An invisible condom is a symble of "the impossible".
Our professor said: "I have to sit down..." "I have to sit down..."
...
I always throught condoms were extremely uncomfortable.
They're so bulky, like a hard mushroom on your head.
If we could do this, it would be revolutionary.
...
Condoms have always looked the same.
We contacted a head trauma specialist.
We staged accidents to collect movement patterns.
...
If people say it's impossible...
Then we have to prove them wrong.
Creating an invisible condom...
People said it was impossible.
If we can do that, we can do anything.
 
2012-08-14 05:31:19 PM

Loomy: Also, why would you pull $500 out of the air? That's a stupidly high number, where no one would buy it. $200's probably closer to reality, w/ a ~$50 re-pack/charge fee. But, really, what's a head worth?


Well, it costs typically $1,000 to $1,500 to replace an automotive airbag, so I was being generous and discounted it on the notion that it likely going to be a less complicated system, lower discharge pressures, etc.

Maybe I am just getting cranky in my old age, but as an engineer I despise solutions to fairly strightforward problems (bicycle helmets are bulky and uncomfortable) that go into absurd levels of technology and gadetry, when a much more practical solution is within reach.

As for the worth of a head, yes thats true, prevention of head injuries is a good thing. But to what lengths do you go in the interest of safety? Full-body airbags for pedestrians?
 
2012-08-14 06:31:53 PM
OR for $60 you can buy a lightweight helmet that provides plenty of airflow and isn't bulky or a neck brace.
 
2012-08-14 06:33:48 PM
wonder how much of a focused electromagnetic pulse it would take to trigger it randomly... lol
 
2012-08-14 06:39:00 PM

BillTheCat: What a horrid idea.

Bike helmets are WAY too bulky and uncomfortable, so lets invent a self-inflating airbag helmet that you have to wear like a cross between a winter parka and a neck brace. Yeah that'll be wonderful to wear in the summer. Oh yeah, I hope you never have to reach down to scratch your leg while you're riding, because the position sensors might decide you are crashing, and deploy the airbag. And while you're at it, you better be prepared to fork out $500 for this thing, and probably a similar amount every time it deploys for a replacement airbag insert.

BUT HEY at least you wont have to wear a helmet and muss up your awesome hairdo.


www.hotlikesauce.com

Not a problem for those who've perfected their own hair helmets...
 
2012-08-14 06:50:36 PM
Too late.

Places with bike helmets will never permit them unless they are easilly identifiable. They could make them fluorescent orange but then they'd loose the "trendy" market.

I'm also 50% sure this is a hoax.
 
2012-08-14 07:12:02 PM

tillerman35: That was way more fun when I mentally replaced every instance of "bike helmet" with "condom." E.g.

An invisible condom is a symble of "the impossible".
Our professor said: "I have to sit down..." "I have to sit down..."
...
I always throught condoms were extremely uncomfortable.
They're so bulky, like a hard mushroom on your head.
If we could do this, it would be revolutionary.
...
Condoms have always looked the same.
We contacted a head trauma specialist.
We staged accidents to collect movement patterns.
...
If people say it's impossible...
Then we have to prove them wrong.
Creating an invisible condom...
People said it was impossible.
If we can do that, we can do anything.


Just hope it goes off before I do...
 
2012-08-14 07:26:08 PM
The vid seemed to be more about "I am woman hear me roar" than about the helmet itself.
 
2012-08-14 07:29:17 PM
3998 Swedish kronor = 597.465118 U.S. dollars
 
2012-08-14 07:57:40 PM
What about if you fall on, I don't know, something other than a large flat surface. Like something sharp, or sharp-ish? Your helmet pops and now you get stabbed in the face.
 
2012-08-14 08:08:26 PM

BillTheCat: What a horrid idea.

Bike helmets are WAY too bulky and uncomfortable, so lets invent a self-inflating airbag helmet that you have to wear like a cross between a winter parka and a neck brace. Yeah that'll be wonderful to wear in the summer. Oh yeah, I hope you never have to reach down to scratch your leg while you're riding, because the position sensors might decide you are crashing, and deploy the airbag. And while you're at it, you better be prepared to fork out $500 for this thing, and probably a similar amount every time it deploys for a replacement airbag insert.

BUT HEY at least you wont have to wear a helmet and muss up your awesome hairdo.


You sound bald.

I looked in the mirror today
My eyes just didn't seem so bright
I've lost a few more hairs
I think I'm going bald

I think I'm going bald

Seems like only yesterday
We would sit and talk of dreams all night
Dreams of youth
And simple truths
Now we're so involved
So involved with life

Walk down vanity fair
Memory lane everywhere
Wall Street shuffles there
Dressed in flowing hair

Once we loved the flowers
Now we ask the price of the land
Once we would take water
But now it must be wine
Now we've been
And now we've seen
What price peace of mind

Take a piece of my mind

My life is slipping away
I'm aging every day
But even when I'm grey
I'll still be grey my way
 
2012-08-14 08:09:40 PM
Bike helmets bulky and uncomfortable? Are you f*cking kidding me?

My first Bell V-1 Pro (1986) was bulky, heavy and uncomfortable and didn't ventilate very well. Probably was less uncomfortable than a fractured skull?

Bike helmets now are light, comfy, and very well ventilated as well relatively inexpensive.

Thanks ladies but I'll stick with my visible ones.
 
2012-08-14 08:29:45 PM
oh hell naw!
I've definitely gone down fast enough to prevent this from working. =/
I've also gone fast enough on my bike that IF I crashed a helmet would not save me. I suppose it's a wash.
 
2012-08-14 08:31:40 PM
... actually, I can think of a number of situations where this won't work. sigh
 
2012-08-14 08:53:15 PM
I like their quote that "cars are old fashioned and bikes are the thing of the future". I'll be sure to remember that during my 45-minute commute over a mountain during the winter with rain/snow/ice.
 
2012-08-14 09:09:13 PM

StoPPeRmobile: You sound bald.


But does he sound So bald?

i2.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-08-14 09:18:12 PM

dklofas: What about if you fall on, I don't know, something other than a large flat surface. Like something sharp, or sharp-ish? Your helmet pops and now you get stabbed in the face.


That's true for most regular bike helmets, too, so I'm not sure what your point is.
 
2012-08-14 09:42:37 PM

dxtrmoo: 3998 Swedish kronor = 597.465118 U.S. dollars



Holy crap, Bill, you were right!

BillTheCat: Well, it costs typically $1,000 to $1,500 to replace an automotive airbag, so I was being generous and discounted it on the notion that it likely going to be a less complicated system, lower discharge pressures, etc.

Maybe I am just getting cranky in my old age, but as an engineer I despise solutions to fairly strightforward problems (bicycle helmets are bulky and uncomfortable) that go into absurd levels of technology and gadetry, when a much more practical solution is within reach.

As for the worth of a head, yes thats true, prevention of head injuries is a good thing. But to what lengths do you go in the interest of safety? Full-body airbags for pedestrians?



I was totally thinking about PFDs, but it looks like airbags was the better comparable. Maybe there's more complexity to these during inflation than is readily apparent.
And hey, maybe it was the young, idealistic engineer in me who was thinking of how we should strive to apply modern technology to the greatest extent in order to improve/save lives, when really, the word 'practicable' needs to be in there, too.

/Though I kinda like the idea of pedestrians all wearing those sumo costumes you see during intermissions in sports arenas
 
2012-08-14 09:43:49 PM
I thought this might be a link to one of those studies that purports to show that helmetless cycling is actually safer.

Here is a page about this that's a couple years old. Also contains a video that shows more of the testing.
 
2012-08-14 09:54:11 PM
johncaparulo.com


"Stop inventing shiat we don't need"
 
2012-08-14 09:56:52 PM
They're still trying to work out the problem with people's head popping off if it activates while they're looking left or right.
 
2012-08-14 09:59:39 PM
First three minutes: "just because we're girls doesn't mean our ideas are impractical, expensive, and fashion-focused!"
Last ten seconds: reveal the impractical, expensive, fashion-focused idea.
 
2012-08-14 10:01:37 PM

BillTheCat:

BUT HEY at least you wont have to wear a helmet and muss up your awesome hairdo.


Get a hairmet.

salonmonster.com
 
2012-08-14 10:49:48 PM
god that video was painful to watch. compress everything that i hate about sweden and put it into a video.
 
2012-08-14 10:51:50 PM
Yeeeeahhh.
I can see that thing inflating every 5 minutes on a rough downhill ride.
Will appeal to people who love Apple products and buy retro-style upright bikes to toodle around town on.
 
2012-08-14 11:11:23 PM
(In infomercial voice)
Hey hipsters, you want to be safe, but you need to look cool.
Regular helmets are bulky and uncomfortable, and the chip straps can cause hundreds of dollars of damage to your stylish beenie collection!
And when you take them off, Oh No; Helmet hair! All your friends at Starbucks will laugh at you!
But now there's INVISA-Helmit! The helmet you wear on your neck!
Just place INVISA-Helmet around you neck, do up the easy to reach zipper, feel for the activation snap, and snap it into place! Then, listen for the melodic beep, wait for the lights to come on, and you're ready to go! It's that easy!
So now you can ride your fixie down to the vintage record store in safety and style.
"Sometimes my neck gets cold wearing a regular helmet. But the INVISA-helmet keeps me safe and warm!"
But INVISA-helmet can do more than just protect you on your bike!
Feel safer:
-Playing Ultimate Frisbee
-In the shower
-During icy winter
-Blogging

Vehicle airbags can cost thousands of dollars! But not INVISA-Helmet! Order now, and INVISA-Helmet can be yours for only $599.99, Plus shipping and handling!

Warning: Productt is not intended to cure, treat, or prevent any disease. Sometimes INVISA-Helmet can cause serious medical conditions, such as dry mouth, sweaty neck, zipper-pinches, strangulation, or diphtheria. Contact your physician if problems arise.Batteries not included.
 
2012-08-14 11:12:39 PM

BillTheCat: Full-body airbags for pedestrians?


Yessssss!

upload.wikimedia.org

RAAAWWWRRRR!
 
2012-08-15 12:01:16 AM
FTFV: "People wonder how girls could invent anything this technical."

upload.wikimedia.org

www.templegrandin.com

cssu-bg.org

O rly?
 
2012-08-15 12:04:00 AM

GF named my left testicle thundercles: god that video was painful to watch. compress everything that i hate about sweden and put it into a video.


I've got a machine that could put it up your ass. I'll do it pro bono.
 
2012-08-15 12:06:49 AM
No ladies, that ugly thing won't be the future of helmets.

Ever since I saw that video of those non-newtonian foam which harden on impact, I've always thought the technology would be a great material for bike helmets. You could literally put it inbetween layers of a cloth old-timey cycling hat for a sweet, low-profile helmet.

Alas, it seems no one is making helmets with the stuff yet.

But dow chemical is already weaving the stuff into leggings and back protectors for motorcyclists, it seems.

And this ninja-assassin is just straight up hitting himself in the head with a mallet while wearing the stuff underneath a ski mask.
 
2012-08-15 12:51:38 AM
All I could think of was this:
http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/gary-busey-ad/1353337/
 
2012-08-15 12:54:27 AM
oops, forgot to link
Link
 
2012-08-15 01:11:37 AM

RoyBatty: Note to Vimeo: if you can no longer stream your videos offer a download option, it will save us all the embarrassment.

No longer

? Meaning they actually could at one point? When was this? Why wasn't I informed?
Never knew Vimeo to reliably stream video... if I get ONE to stream without major buffer issues, I'd lay big money the next one (to 20) will be a nightmare from hell to try and watch.

/15MB cable with last test showing 15.56 down 2.37 up
 
2012-08-15 03:00:18 AM
Oh for farks sake, you guys are the most cynical group of douchebags I've ever heard.

Yeah, I know thats par for the course for Fark, but seriously....

Girls invented a cool thing. There's nothing wrong with that. It's like raging over a new flavor of potato chips. No, it doesn't need an artsy video, and no it's not going to change the world, but to claim that its HORRID and that its EVERYTHING YOU HATE, for crying out loud, get a new hobby besides raging over women's inventions.
 
2012-08-15 03:26:12 AM

BillTheCat: BUT HEY at least you wont have to wear a helmet and muss up your awesome hairdo.


No, that thing will totally mess up their hair when it goes off. And you can't have long girly hair past your ears, because the inflating thing will get tangled in it.

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: dklofas: What about if you fall on, I don't know, something other than a large flat surface. Like something sharp, or sharp-ish? Your helmet pops and now you get stabbed in the face.

That's true for most regular bike helmets, too, so I'm not sure what your point is.


You can pop a plastic/styrofoam helmet?

Here's the real issue, though: it does nothing to help in a forward fall. There is no internal rigidity to the inflated design, so even on a flat surface you will smash your face in falling forward, as the "helmet" gets pushed back. It needs segmented plates as an outside layer, like an armadillo. And if you fall off your bike and deploy it on your way to work, you now have no head protection for the return trip.
 
2012-08-15 04:16:52 AM
Sorry haters but you're looking at it from an USA centric point of view. In Europe and Asia there are multitudes of normal everyday people wearing office wear riding bikes to work or train stations. They probably know that a helmet would be a good idea but they will mess up their hair so they don't. However if they can get something reasonably affordable that will provide more protection with only slightly more discomfort than a turtleneck sweater I could see this selling.
 
2012-08-15 07:16:29 AM
I would love to know the retail price of that...

onscreencars.com
A hundred and eighty thousand dollars?!! I'm ruined!
 
2012-08-15 09:21:59 AM
I would guess that:

a) it weighs more than a bike helmet
b) ear injuries to external ear and ear drum
c) uncomfortable to wear around neck in warmer temps.
d) no protection when a redneck in a truck throws a beer bottle at you.
 
2012-08-15 02:34:19 PM
If I am to believe every comically inept TV character, how many pieces does it come in and how much swearing is involved in assembly?
 
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