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Is this the best cycling invention ever? The invisible bike helmet is here

Two women have invented the world’s first invisible bike helmet. Would you buy one?

This woman is wearing her bike helmet, no, really, she is.
This woman is wearing her bike helmet, no, really, she is.
Image: Hovding

ARE YOU A cyclist who is also concerned about how you look while cycling around town.

If so, then two Swedish industrial design students have solved your problem and have created an “invisible helmet” for cyclists.


Bike helmets are a very important safety feature, especially for those who cycle around a busy city where both drivers and pedestrians can be a problem. But there is no denying that it can be difficult to find a stylish bike helmet and then there is the issue of the helmet hair.

The idea for the invisible helmet came to life in 2005 as part of a Masters’ thesis, when Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin were studying industrial design at the University of Lund.

The Hövding (invisible helmet) is actually an air bag, which uses a helium gas cylinder to inflate when its sensors detect a sudden jolt.

The helmets are also CE labelled, which means they comply with EU safety standards and have undergone a variety of safety tests.

Here is how it works:


Will you be buying one when they go on sale?

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