Hövding Inflatable Collar

Long term readers here will know I’m partial to the odd post about cycling, most recently taking note of the cardboard Kranium.  Well, Kranium should prepare to share the limelight on the innovative podium for cycle helmets as Hövding has landed on the scene.

Hövding is particularly good for people that don’t like to wear a helmet but still want protection.  A few months ago you’d be forgiven for laughing and saying that’s not really possible, but with ever improving technology (and a hint of inspiration from car air bags) Hövding has been born.  Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin came up with the product as part of a university thesis project, designed to be deliberately unobtrusive—until it saves your life, that is.

Hövding is one for the style conscious riders, a two part collar and shell combination zips neatly around your necks and containing a head enclosing airbag which inflates in one tenth of a second when in an accident.  It is easily disguised as part of your outfit with the odd scarf if you still can’t bear to be seen with it, but works equally well with a smarter ensemble as they demonstrate.

Contained within the collar is an inflatable device, helium cartridge, a set of gyroscopes and multi-axis accelerometers which allow it to inflate in one tenth of a second when required, and a black box to record collision data.  Very impressive, but it doesn’t end there.  The technology inside isn’t your standard sensors used in your Wii remotes, oh no, this can actually tell the difference between falling from the bike and bending down to tie your shoe.

It helps those riders whose vanity prevails over sensibility and avoids dreaded “helmet hair”.  Whilst “helmet hair” is never ideal, it’s always been preferable to cracking your head open, but now you no longer need to make the compromise as Hövding only ‘pops up’ when needed.

Some of you are probably screaming “just wear a helmet!”, but the truth of the matter it’s not that simple.  I actually think my cycle helmet makes me look quite cool but there are a lot of people that don’t feel the same way about themselves.  Plenty of people don’t wear them because they find them uncomfortable and ill-fitting, or they feel un-fashionable or self-conscious and so if this is the product that gets them wearing something that protects them during a crash and means their safety is increased then great, that makes it an excellent product in my book.

If you want to learn more then check out the site with all the developments and details on the workings of this product.


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