“Worlds smartest bicycle helmet” that includes 3D knitted liner unveiled in Germany

A excessive tech, secure and sensible bike helmet prototype named PYLO has been premiered in Germany. The product will characteristic a face defend airbag, a wise 360 diploma encompass security system, a 3D knitted inlay and a 3D printed nylon construction.

The corporate behind the helmet, nFrontier, believes it will revolutionise the best way we’re driving our bikes sooner or later.

“Our imaginative and prescient was to develop an thrilling subsequent technology helmet that can advance bicycle rider security expertise into the 21st century. We wished to create a beforehand unseen expertise, converging totally different applied sciences, options and supplies into one helmet,” stated nFrontier CEO Daniel Buening, who additionally conceptualised the helmet.

nFrontier Chief Design Officer Beatrice Mueller added: “We designed our helmet with the wants of each city commuters and athletes in thoughts, combining light-weight supplies with a up to date fashionable design and cutting-edge applied sciences.”

A 3D knitted liner retains the helmet in place to present a person match and supply consolation. The floor properties may be knitted with a double layer on one aspect and wool on the opposite.

Relying on the season, the liner may be worn on both aspect to maintain the contact floor cooler or hotter. The 3D printed nylon construction is breathable and optimised to be able to take in deep affect at a better stage than typical mass-market polystyrene helmets.

The 3D knitted liner additionally retains ear telephones safely in place, which may be related to an energetic warning app alerting the bicycle owner of a harmful state of affairs earlier than approaching it.

A standout characteristic of the PYLO is the face defend airbag, designed for a bicycle helmet, defending the jawbones, tooth and eyes. In case of an accident, it blows up from the rear to supply rider face safety. A variety of present superior bicycle airbags solely forestall heavy higher head accidents, defending the mind and cranium.

“To boost bike rider security, we see the pressing want for a expertise switch from the automotive, digital and pc industries,” stated Buening. “Decreasing the variety of accidents is a key driver to bicycle utilisation as a way for sustainable mobility.”

As a part of this intention, the PYLO designers developed a 360 diploma encompass security system with mild detection and ranging (LIDAR) expertise. This resulted in an audio warning system alerting the bicycle owner of harmful dead-angle conditions or automobiles approaching with high-speed.

Utilizing 3D immersive sound, the LIDAR will point out the precise location or path of a security risk, by signalling a directional and clear overlay warning sound. This was opted for over visible and AR primarily based programs.

For elevated security in heavy visitors, the helmet additionally options LED head and taillights and LED indicators, activated by double-tapping the left or proper aspect of the helmet while driving the bike.

nFrontier intention for its Rising Know-how Centre (EmTeCe) to turn into considered one of Europe’s main amenities of creatively utilized rising applied sciences in software program and {hardware}. The EmTeCe is enabled by partnerships with expertise firms corresponding to 3D printing big Stratasys, who not too long ago acquired Covestro Additive Manufacturing.


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