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Hovding is considered the world’s first airbag helmet, invented by Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin in Malmö, Sweden in 2005. People always tend to create innovative comforts to make their life easier.
Hovding is a rapidly-inflating airbag that deploys from a collar around your neck when you’re in an accident. Here’s how it works, and an interesting video showing this astonishing, but still expensive, invention.
How Does the Airbag System Work?
“The airbag is designed like a hood and made in an ultra-strong nylon fabric that won’t rip when scraped against the ground. Hövding protects nearly all of the head, while leaving the field of vision open. The inflated airbag covers a much larger area than a traditional cycle helmet and is designed according to current accident statistics”, mentions hovding.com.
- During the accident, the airbag inflates in 0,1 seconds to form a hood that fixates your neck and offers 3 times better shock absorption than a traditional bicycle helmet.
- Hövding is activated using a button on the zip pull. A sound and a light point out that Hövding is activated.
- One of the most important things is that a fully charged battery lasts for approximately 9 hours of cycling.
According to Wikipedia “Hövding was initially created as a master thesis for the founders’ Master of Industrial Design at the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University in Sweden. Their studies included the comparison of accelerometer data from bicycle crashes against ‘typical’ cycling. The Hövding contains accelerometers that detect these unusual movements which then deploys the airbag if the movement patterns match the profile of a crash. Each Hövding airbag also contains a “Black Box” that records the accelerometer data 10 seconds before a deployment. This data can be used by the Hövding developers to improve the product. The Hövding collar is constructed of a waterproof material, and has interchangeable fabric “shells” that allow color customization”.