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Hovding Invisible Bicycle Helmet

on July 20, 2012 8:30 am


Here in Australia, wearing an Australian Standards-approved helmet is mandatory when riding a bicycle. I know a few people who won’t wear bicycle helmets because of the bulk of the helmet, or because it might muss up their hair-do :)  So it’s either risk a fine if you’re caught (as well as risking head injuries), or don’t ride a bicycle.

The Hovding Invisible Bicycle Helmet  is an airbag contained within a fabric collar that deploys in the event of an accident. The colour and fabric of the collar can be changed to match the weather or your fashion sense. :) The collar includes a “black box recorder” which allows you to analyse crash data.

If you want to view a helmet deployment, check it out here.

It’s not approved in Australia, but it’s available for 3998 SEK ($575)  in Sweden.


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    Richard says:

    Only on The Gadgeteer!! It’s a gadget and it is geeky and a fun article and probably totally not going to make it. But amongst all the serious stuff, we also get this. Thanks for the laugh. Great site, keep it going.

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    Lex says:

    Pretty chic bike outfit too. Haven’t seen many women riding in sheer black dresses but I don’t live in Australia.

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    Julie says:

    It looks like a giant Mickey Mouse hand is getting ready to crush her skull.

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    Tobi says:

    It’s 500 SEK just for the shell. The “helmet” is 4000 SEK!!!

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    Michael says:

    @Lex — not in Australia. But have a look at

    I worry about the idea of riding around with a high pressure gas cartridge so near to my head.

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    Ian Lim says:

    @Lex – It originates in Sweden, so if you want pretty, chic girls in LBD riding bikes then you need to go there not Australia :)

    @Tobi – Sorry the Swedish threw me. :P Amended.

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    jaytee says:

    How does it get deployed, automatically? I can just imagine someone is wearing the coat into a meeting when suddenly ….. LOL

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