This bike helmet concept was designed upon key pain points urban bikers experience regularly. I envisioned a far more safe, portable, and educated experience for bikers. Even though most impacts happen to the front of the helmet, no helmet properly places appropriate design consideration for this. This concept's geometry adds foam mass to the front which ensures safer results. Although portability has recently been a popular topic for bike helmet design, the resulting designs are often extremely unsafe, unwieldy, or are aesthetically alienating. My design uses the material properties of self lubricating high density polyethylene based on some insights from specialized engineers to create a unique portable experience. It can be hard to tell the difference between safe and a concussive collisions. Drawing from technology becoming common in football helmets, my helmet can sense when a collision should be taken seriously. All of this matched with an appropriate aesthetic and branding make this helmet a significant step towards the future of biking.
This bike helmet concept was designed to provide a more safe, portable, and educated experience. I worked with a lab on campus that specialized in helmet safety and impact testing throughout this project. From the data they provided, I noted that most impacts (47%) are to the front the head (compared to both sides and the rear). This disproportionate data shows that proper protection should have relatively greater impact absorption at the front to reduce head injuries as a whole. None of the helmets I researched seem to have any consideration for this. My design's form factor was designed around this idea and greater foam thickness was added to the front while the whole was streamlined to perfect this unique geometry.
Portability is important to many bikers especially in an urban professional environment. Instead of a mechanically collapsing solution, the helmet's top uses the material properties of polyethylene to allow it to invert and save significant space. According the previous mentioned lab engineers, the helmets stiffness does not significantly contribute to the overall safety. Material choice and thickness are the two most important factors. During a collision, the polyethylene top will slide due to its self-lubricating properties. Modular foam pieces that provide the actual protection on the inside splay in and out with the shell when inverted.
There are many cases in which significant head and brain damage worsens due to the ignorance of the biker. Crashes are fairly common, especially in urban areas. This feature allows the user to tell the difference between a small accident and a life changing one. This helmet contains accelerometers that push data to an app that give emergency information after a collision. If beyond the threshold of potential injury, a warning will be given with key information on the steps to take. The app could also be used by a loved one.
These features are combined with keen aesthetic intent for urban professionals. It is designed to put off an air of strength and dependability while remaining professional and somewhat conservative. It draws a little from automotive inspiration as well as business fashion. Details like a car seat style clasp ensure the user of quality in a small way. This concept is an antithesis against typically styled helmets that are aggressively stylized and streamlined.