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Clearly The Silliest Bike Helmet Ever Made

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11/14/2014 1:58 PM

We picked this up from the Daily Mail. Not quite sure what else there is to say, really...

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Cycling helmets are becoming increasingly sophisticated, but one conceptual design, which is packed with technology, includes a controversial extra – a licence plate. The ‘Smart Hat’ is designed for ‘responsible cyclists’ and could include a visor showing safety information and a map, if it ever enters production. It also features a licence plate on the rear of the futuristic design, in a bid to make identifying cyclists easier.

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The concept, by Sydney-based designer Tony King, has aggravated some cyclists who think that Smart Hat is a silly idea.
This is because the website claims: ‘Apart from safety considerations, an ID system would allow cyclists to share responsibility when interacting with vehicles and pedestrians.’

While it may not be popular with all cyclists, the idea has apparently got the green light from a local city council, which is keen on licensing cyclists, Daily Telegraph Austraila reported.

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The helmet would include a speaker, indicators controlled from the handlebars, a tilt sensor and even a windscreen wiper among other.

SMART HAT FEATURES
The concept includes:
Bluetooth display showing speed, speed limits, temperature, heart rate and warnings
Speakers
Satnav
Indicators, controlled by a device on the handlebars
Automatic brake and headlights
Retractable visor with rear view mirrors and windscreen wiper
Room to store a smartphone, batteries and an integrated digital camera
Provision for a licence plate

Mosman councillor Simon Menzies said the helmet would provide a solution to make commuter cyclists more easily identifiable.
‘People who use it as a mode of transport should be registered and insured.
‘Every other road user pays for registration and it should not be any different.’
The helmet claims to integrate ‘modern, electronic safety devices’.
Cyclists using the helmet would see information displayed on its Bluetooth visor, so they would not have to take their eyes off the road to a map, for example.

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Speed limits, the temperature, heart rate and warning messages could also be displayed.
The helmet would also include a speaker, indicators controlled from the handlebars, a tilt sensor and even a windscreen wiper.
Cyclists using the helmet would see information displayed on its Bluetooth visor, so they would not have to take their eyes off the road to see their speed, for example.

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11/14/2014 5:40 PM

Are they going to use a car battery for this?

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11/14/2014 6:22 PM

At least the gapers will have some new headwear...

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11/15/2014 6:13 AM

Thats one of the best looking portable toilets I've ever seen.

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11/15/2014 7:54 AM
Edited Date/Time: 11/15/2014 7:54 AM

Great more stuff they want to throw on the bar, ill have to find a spot for it with my breaks, shock remote, dropper post, and shifters

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11/15/2014 9:51 AM

...and it only weighs in at a manageable 17lbs!!! wink

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11/15/2014 11:36 AM

yet another bike product not designed by a cyclist!

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11/15/2014 5:09 PM

Designer drives a car, never ridden ever.

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11/15/2014 6:04 PM

So, this guy never heard of MIPS or anything related to impact absorption, right?

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11/16/2014 12:10 AM

Good that it incorporates the 'etag' (electronic toll payment system) into the helmet so you won't need to take spare change with you for tolls along your favourite bike path or trail.

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11/16/2014 9:39 AM

Based on the quality of the renders, I'd guess it to be a school project, that somehow managed to pick up steam. I would get fired as a professional designer if that's what I would present. I doubt this will ever happen though, whoever made it, has no skill as a product manufacturer, and they'll go broke trying to find somebody who actually has the expertise to do so.

The fact that those techs aren't readily available, means that this helmet is going to cost a pile of cash to actually design/manufacture, and that's where this helmet hopefully dies. I don't think people will buy a helmet that is that ugly, and will cost 10x more than their walmart quality commuter.

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11/18/2014 5:37 PM

Where are the vents? It will needs it own air con system, what a BS idea! Australia is seriously the dumbest place in the world when it comes to road rules and attitude to cycling. Its the only place in the world where u get fined if u dont wear a helmet, need i say more.

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