Hovding Invisible Bicycle Helmet


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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7 comments… add one
  • Richard July 20, 2012, 10:39 am

    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.

  • Lex July 20, 2012, 12:14 pm

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

    • Julie July 20, 2012, 12:18 pm

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

  • Tobi July 20, 2012, 12:23 pm

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

  • Michael July 21, 2012, 12:56 am

    @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.

  • Ian Lim July 22, 2012, 8:13 pm

    @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. 😛 Amended.

  • jaytee September 26, 2012, 11:16 pm

    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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