In 2010, two Danish industrial designers, Michael Anker and Billie Whitehouse, set out to create the world’s first invisible bike helmet. The result was the Hövding, an inflatable collar that sits around the neck and covers the head in the event of a fall.
The Hövding is activated by a sensor that detects when the rider is experiencing a rapid deceleration, such as in a fall. The sensor triggers a small canister of compressed air to inflate the collar in about 0.1 seconds, providing cushioning and protection for the rider’s head.
The Hövding has been rigorously tested in the laboratory and in the real world, and has been shown to provide effective protection in a wide range of impacts. The design of the Hövding has also been optimized to provide good visibility for the rider, with reflective materials and an integrated light.
The Hövding is not yet available for purchase, but is expected to be released later this year. In the meantime, the designers are continuing to work on making the invisible bike helmet even better, with a goal of making it even more comfortable and invisible.