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5/30/2012 02:21 PM EDT
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chanj0
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chanj0   5/30/2012 3:52:16 PM
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It is a very interesting technology. What's the weight of the product? Biker always has concerns over weight. ;)

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Sanjib.A   5/30/2012 4:18:21 PM
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Nice technology and an innovative idea...but practically thinking, it doesn't impress me much and I feel this is too much for a helmet. It requires battery as well, correct? or does it use some kind of energy harvesting technology?

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SylvieBarak   5/30/2012 4:35:25 PM
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I LOVE this. Looks awesome. Makes me want a bike. And a helmet.

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Robotics Developer   5/30/2012 4:42:28 PM
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I am wondering if it will really protect a motorcyclist in the event of an accident. Given that we are talking about moving objects (person/bike) hitting the ground or pavement, I must ask: Can the inflated helmet survive the typical abrasive impacts and still protect the head? I would be concerned that it would pop and deflate leaving the head completely unprotected. This would only give a false sense of safety and may hinder real helmets from being worn. I do think it is a neat idea but I would have a lot of questions about effectiveness.

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Peter Clarke   5/30/2012 5:04:45 PM
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For me the bigger concern is the explosive nature of the air-bag collar. I understand that pilots that have used an injector seat are often not fit for service thereafter and there are anecdotal accounts of automobile passengers with facial brusing and even broken noses after the car's air-bag has inflated. So how would bicyclist feel about wearing a necklace of explosives? And would their hearing be as good after coming off their bicycle and having the air bag inflate suddenly?

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SylvieBarak   5/30/2012 5:16:55 PM
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Well, you know, Peter, some people suffer for their fashion ;) It hurts to be beautiful and all that.... Also, motorcyclists like to live on the edge, so having a neckbrace filled with explosives can only add to their adrenaline craving lifestyle ;)

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Peter Clarke   5/30/2012 5:15:38 PM
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that should say ejector seat....

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pinhead1   5/30/2012 5:22:28 PM
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"injector seat" reminds me of a certain segway-mocking episode of south park.

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pinhead1   5/30/2012 5:20:18 PM
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Having spent many years as a bicycle racer, I guess the thing that I notice is that probably my 2 most memorable crashes were sort of face-first into the ground. A rigid helmet at least provides some cushion to your forehead - this looks like a face-first impact would just push the hood back. But maybe that's not fair, I guess this is really meant as a helmet for people that won't wear helments (but for some reason don't mind a gigantic collar).

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Kevin Neilson   6/5/2012 2:32:03 AM
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Pinhead, I agree. My impacts (and probably most) were forehead-against-pavement collisions from going over the handlebars. This helmet looks completely ineffective for that case--it's going to peel back and let your forehead crash.

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Rick_Hille   5/30/2012 5:37:18 PM
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Peter, I think you hit the nail on the head. An automotive airbag only goes off on definitive (destructive) impact, as the immediate impact region on the vehicle is expendable. Can't do that with this helmet, obviously. I would have a hard time trusting some form of intelligent inference triggering that has to interpret the rider's head or other movement to decide when to deploy. And then, even if it can, if it fires a bit late and the rider's head is already nearly touching the ground, the sudden jerk of the bag popping in between the head and ground could cause far more harm than the actual impact.

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Frank Mlinar   5/30/2012 6:03:42 PM
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I bicycle, and I wear a helmet as all times. I like the helmet. I don't think I would go with the collar. I expect it to impede airflow around the neck/shoulder area. My helmet has ultiple vents. I suspect this is a solution looking for a problem that is already solved. I have crashed from time to time, and the helmet works very nicely. The helmet is much more visible to others and exudes increased professionalism. ...and the collar looks silly.

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Frank Mlinar   5/30/2012 6:19:41 PM
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Updated picture too.

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CPG   5/30/2012 6:28:44 PM
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The prospect of what might happen because of a design glitch (false triggering or failure to trigger) is frightening. I think I'll stick with my passive helmet and leave the field testing to more devil-may-care souls.

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rick merritt   5/31/2012 12:59:04 AM
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Yeah, mixed feelings about the product. I bike a lot and never wear a helmet because I want to listen to my MP3 player, but I know this is a safety risk, one this product could address. On the other hand, I think Peter is right about broken noses and etc. I had a very minor tumble off a scooter over the weekend--not even a scratch--but probably would have set off an airbag that could have caused minor injuries.

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LA King   5/31/2012 7:47:32 AM
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I listen to MP3 every day I bike to work and I DO wear a helmet, After I´ve been hit by a car once, it´s just a matter of common sense to me. Accidents do happen and you are rarely in control of how you fall. This product is for vain people who think they look ridicolous in a helmet. It´s all explained if you follow the supplied link. The airbag is made of rip-proof nylon and doesn´t rely on explosives as some people assumed. With modern MCUs neither the reaction time or the battery time would be an issue, its probably only active when attached. Neat device which probably gives a softer impact in many cases, but for me it´s polysterene all the way. :-)

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selinz   5/31/2012 3:41:41 PM
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Tsk tsk. Shame on you on two fronts. Earphones and no helmets. But alas, we live in a free country. My buddy rides wheelies on his motorcycle on the freeway and occasionally hits more than 140mpg on his morning commute. To each his own!

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GREAT-Terry   5/31/2012 4:06:24 AM
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It looks nice! But what if the battery just runs out when where is accident? Unlike airbag in car that has explosive stuff, I don't think electronics stuff can really help in the last minute!

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elektryk   5/31/2012 9:03:08 AM
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What happend with model's hair? I have a feeling that after deployment of this inflatable helmet model's hair will limit the vision.

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agk   5/31/2012 12:11:07 PM
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highly risky.The wearer to follow the instructions to wear it properly.Also what is the life time of this?Will it work properly with all kinds of climate conditions? Is it dust proof? Also from the picture no protection to the face.

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Rick_Hille   5/31/2012 1:58:26 PM
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I suspect the instructions will also need to contain advice on how to crash or fall off properly to trigger the deployment. I've ridden a bike regularly for years as exercise and have had two incidents where my helmet was destroyed by impact with the road, likely saving me from a concussion, or worse. Once you've had even a single experience like that, the absurdity of the fashion arguement becomes painfully clear.

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jadwin79   6/1/2012 7:11:27 PM
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This is intended for a *bicycle* not a *motorcycle*. Also the comparison to an ejection seat is spurious -- those things are designed to propel several hundred pounds of pilot and seat far away from the airplane in a very short time. Totally different order of magnitude.

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DrFPGA   6/1/2012 7:22:07 PM
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Maybe the airbag could be integrated with the dress. On the detection of a potential crash event the entire dress inflates, protecting all parts of the rider. Might be good to use in a mosh-pit at a rock concert too...

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selinz   6/1/2012 11:45:04 PM
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There ya go! I just see too many practical jokers remotely setting off the dress air bag.

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t.alex   6/3/2012 12:38:35 AM
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I am scared of false activation. It does more harm than good.

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DavidMLewis   6/3/2012 3:20:46 AM
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I would be concerned about how this thing transmits forces into the wearer during an accident. I would not only want to check the roll-back in a frontal accident, but also the torque applied to the head and neck when it slides or catches on pavement and obstructions. If it's just a collar as it appears, and grabs the user's head as it also appears, then that could be a big problem. I wonder what kind of CE approval they got exactly?

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DickH   6/3/2012 8:53:02 AM
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what they didn't say is that it breaks your neck when it 'goes off' !

t.alex
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t.alex   6/9/2012 2:57:54 AM
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Perhaps not, but it may block your sight.

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Duane Benson   6/4/2012 8:13:29 PM
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As a "fashion statement", I would think that a bike helmet would be much less obtrusive than a think neck brace thing. I don't think people generally ride in dresses with a lot of flowing material to hide such as things as this either. Bike gear tends to be lightweight, thin and very flexible. This looks to be pretty much the opposite.

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PhL38Fr   6/5/2012 10:00:52 AM
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I think a lot of people commenting above didn't take the time to visit the many videos of crash test that the site of the manufacturer proposes. The thing is incredibly fast and efficient, including on face-first hit. While I agree with some comments (like the long hair effect, the air-cooling on neck, and some others), it seems quite childish to think that the battery will not have been taken care of by the owner just like everyone's mobile phone one. And any hit that would break your neck with the helmet would do without it too.

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DrQuine   6/6/2012 2:50:14 AM
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There are backpacks for skiing that deploy an airbag in the event of an avalanche to "float" the skier to the surface of the snow. As power requirements and circuits shrink, the creative safety options are expanding into other sports.

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