‘Hövding’, produced by swedish design company hövding sverige ab, is an airbag system for bicyclists, designed as a fashionable but practical alternative to helmets. A hood-shaped, nylon airbag is encased within a neck collar and is automatically inflated in the event of a crash by a sensor system. Washable fabric shells that fit over the collar create a range of looks for the device, designed to seamlessly incorporate into one’s daily outfits. [designboom]
These could be marketed as an essential fashion accessory for pedestrians in Taiwan. Replete with accident data, and a means to connect the sensor to an iPhone, this might give an edge to pedestrians or bicyclists when the inevitable out of court negotiations arise (Taiwan though a wonderful place to live is an absolute nightmare for the pedestrian and cyclist – which is a shame since it is a dream to walk and cycle here).
Hövding airbag helmet for bicyclists. Via designboom.