Wearing helmets is one of the first things we learn when it comes to riding bikes. For many of us, putting on a helmet every time we head out is a habit, but for others the bulkiness of a traditional helmet can keep us far from it.
In 2011 the Hövding helmet was launched in Sweden. Studying technologies used in a car airbag, and seven years of development later, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin created an airbag-like helmet that protects better in accidents than a traditional helmet. These helmets claim to have the best shock absorption in the world, and in a test had shock absorption of three times more than any of the other helmets tested. In order to use the helmets you must plug them into a USB port to charge them, and the charge lasts for up to 10 hours. When the helmet is running low on battery, it will beep to warn the user. The helmets are CE certified, recyclable, and weighing only 1.5 pounds they make safety lightweight and convenient.
Although these helmets seem like the next best thing, many people are skeptical on whether or not they really work. The technology is still being developed, and therefore may not be as safe as they seem. On top of that, each helmet costs the equivalent of about $330 and cannot be used again once they have been inflated making cost a big issue for many who are interested.