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Hövding Helmet

This is the Hövding (“chieftain” in Swedish). It looks silly, yes, but before you write it off as some silly concept, realize that this thing is a working prototype. There’s even a video to prove it. (Video)

 

 

At the top of the article is an example of the Hövding once its deployed, covering your melon after popping up like a car’s airbag. Just below is how you’ll look the rest of the time, with the inflatable helmet stored away in a special collar. The stylin’ duds and air aren’t crucial to the Hövding’s operation, though they certainly won’t hurt:

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And that’s kind of the point of the Hövding. It’s not obtrusive as wearing your average bike helmet. As necessary as a helmet is, we all know we hate them, yet something like this could convert those of us who stupidly shun protection. The shell itself is actually a detachable, waterproof and washable covering that you could get in different colors to match different outfits, if that’s important to you.

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The Hövding design comes from Swedes Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, and could go on sale as early as next Spring.

Via Dvice

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