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Inflatable helmet

Postby CO Native » Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:18 pm

It's like wearing an airbag. I wonder if they'll come out with a climbing version. Then I'll be able to climb and look good while doing it. :wft:

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Re: Inflatable helmet

Postby Presto » Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:19 pm

:shock: :roll: :wft: :lol:
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Re: Inflatable helmet

Postby tmathews » Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:36 pm

CO Native wrote:It's like wearing an airbag. I wonder if they'll come out with a climbing version. Then I'll be able to climb and look good while doing it. :wft:

http://www.hovding.com/

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This would be especially useful when climbing over bodies of water since it would also double as a flotation device. :-k

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Re: Inflatable helmet

Postby Brian C » Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:45 pm

Reading the "how it works" section is pretty interesting. Weird!

Edit: Just noticed that it's also close to $600 US. Ouch!
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Re: Inflatable helmet

Postby BenfromtheEast » Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:49 pm

tmathews wrote:
This would be especially useful when climbing over bodies of water since it would also double as a flotation device. :-k


My understanding is that the engineers have designed the internal accelerometer and gyroscope to detect forces specific to a bicycle crash and initiate deployment. They will surely need a different program to detect a fall from a mountain, or a rock that's about to land on a climber's head. However, it should be fairly simple to add a manual deployment option for flotation purposes.

Re: Inflatable helmet

Postby MonGoose » Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:55 pm

In the event of a water landing, your helmet will act as a flotation device.

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Re: Inflatable helmet

Postby GregMiller » Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:56 pm

BenfromtheEast wrote:
tmathews wrote:
This would be especially useful when climbing over bodies of water since it would also double as a flotation device. :-k


My understanding is that the engineers have designed the internal accelerometer and gyroscope to detect forces specific to a bicycle crash and initiate deployment. They will surely need a different program to detect a fall from a mountain, or a rock that's about to land on a climber's head. However, it should be fairly simple to add a manual deployment option for flotation purposes.


Just remember that it's based around a collar - I would imagine (though I thankfully don't know firsthand) that one of the last thing you need when drowning is something physically choking you. (I can't imagine it'd be hard to make some sort of underarm strap, or something like that to keep it down, though)

I'd rather see this as part of a vest or jacket, where you get a full torso airbag, plus a helmet that pops up.
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Re: Inflatable helmet

Postby BenfromtheEast » Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:16 pm

farcedude wrote:
I'd rather see this as part of a vest or jacket, where you get a full torso airbag, plus a helmet that pops up.


Ideally it would be triggered to inflate by voice recognition of "ROCK!!!"

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Re: Inflatable helmet

Postby speth » Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:32 pm

tmathews wrote:
CO Native wrote:It's like wearing an airbag. I wonder if they'll come out with a climbing version. Then I'll be able to climb and look good while doing it. :wft:

http://www.hovding.com/

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This would be especially useful when climbing over bodies of water since it would also double as a flotation device. :-k


Weird looking. I know that they make life vests that will automatically flip you onto your back in case you passed out or something. My bets are that this one will flip survivors face down.

"Everyone, stay calm! Inflate your helmets and lean backwards into the water. Now, follow me to OOOOHHHHHHH NNNNOOOOOOO!"
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Re: Inflatable helmet

Postby tmathews » Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:36 pm

CO Native wrote:It's like wearing an airbag. I wonder if they'll come out with a climbing version. Then I'll be able to climb and look good while doing it. :wft:

http://www.hovding.com/

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Also -- is it just me, or does that look a little like a gigantic catcher's mitt? :-s

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Re: Inflatable helmet

Postby GregMiller » Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:02 pm

BenfromtheEast wrote:
farcedude wrote:
I'd rather see this as part of a vest or jacket, where you get a full torso airbag, plus a helmet that pops up.


Ideally it would be triggered to inflate by voice recognition of "ROCK!!!"


You could have some fun with that...

Your buddy is on the summit of Quandary, trying to talk to some surfer girls and impress them with tales of the West Ridge. Walk up behind him and yell "ROCK!!!" Join the laughter.
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Re: Inflatable helmet

Postby Kiefer » Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:40 pm

CO Native wrote:http://www.hovding.com/

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I have a sudden urge to stick her head in a campfire and eat it. :lol:

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