When A Bike Helmet Meets Daft Punk
Melbourne-based Dutch designer Wouter Walmink modified a helmet so that it does more than protect the skull.
Called ‘LumaHelm’, the headpiece is fitted with 104-multicolored LED lights, AA batteries and a sensor, connected to an Arduino microcontroller, and can be customized to illuminate as the wearer pleases.
“One of the things we wanted to do was make a helmet that was more exciting to look at,” Walmink told The Age. “We saw an opportunity where we thought no one had seen it before.”
The sensor in the helmet measures the movement of the cyclist’s head, and changes in lighting.
“I wanted to make people more visible. I have been cycling around a little bit with this helmet and people definitely notice you coming,” he said.
With it, cyclists could customize the lighting, to indicate when they are turning left or right by tilting their head—improving their own safety.
“There’s a reason why cars have blinkers,” he added. “Sticking out your hand on a bike is not the clearest way to communicate that you’re turning. The indicator and braking functions communicate information that makes the situation safer.”
[via The Age, image via Craig Sillitoe]