by Kane Allen
November 17, 2016
Okay, so this is more for the roadie/commuter/tourists (insert applicable) out there, but it’s still a pretty neat story. A paper bike helmet has just won the international James Dyson Award for 2016.
The foldable and recyclable EcoHelmet was designed by Isis Shiffer, a graduate from the Pratt Institute of Design in New York.
It has been engineered in a honeycomb style using recycled paper and costs only £4. It was tried and tested at Imperial College London.
Inventor Shiffer came up with the idea after realising a gap in the market for an cheap solution to a problem many city visitors face when wanting to ride rented bikes without having to fork out £30+ for a temporary helmet.
“I was inspired to design EcoHelmet when I was travelling abroad and I wanted to use bike-hire bikes,” she said. “I always wear a helmet on the road and not having an inexpensive option to me I was like ‘there’s a big gap, I can’t be the only one’.”
The winner will now receive £30,000 from Mr Vacuum himself which could go towards possible production of the EcoHelmet following more testing.
The James Dyson Award was first started in 2002 and is open to students or recent graduates from all across the world. The EcoHelmet beat an Asthma management system and some super smart contact lenses that monitor glucose levels.
But how will this work in the rain-sodden UK you ask? Well, it’s supposedly waterproof for up-to three hours thanks to a biodegradable coating.
So this doesn’t exactly solve any problems in the mountain bike world, but the design, functionality and environmentally friendly aspect of the helmet may inspire future innovations in the industry. Without a visor or removable chin bar, it’s definitely not enduro. But more importantly, with no Go-Pro functionality, how are you going to make those sick edits, bro? Let’s leave this helmet on the road for now.