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.
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!
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.
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.
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. :-)
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.
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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