HelmetWorX (Non Functioning Version 1 Prototype)::
World’s first airbag equipped bicycle helmet for commuters who want a safer option then the products currently on the market. Currently under development, Version 1 of HelmetWorX (Non Functioning Prototype seen in the pictures) aims to be the safest bicycle helmet in the world. HelmetWorX is aimed at the daily commuter who puts many miles on their bike riding too and from work. Future models will be aimed at providing a product to performance based cyclists and children. The helmet will protect the rider from harsh weather and serve as a secondary protection in case the airbag fails to operate. Bicycle helmets fundamentally haven’t changed over the last 15 years. This product aims to change that. HelmetWorX retains the original look of the helmet but offers superior protection to the current designs while maintaining the same size and weight.
Change The Status Quo:
Four months ago, after I had a bad crash while cycling, I realized helmets need to change in order to keep up with the technology and new research on head injuries being brought forward to the general public. This non-functioning prototype is the start of a vision in producing the perfect bicycle helmet. HelmetWorX will be lightweight and feel like an ordinary bicycle helmet while being safer than other bicycle helmets on the market.
Design and Materials:
The helmet and airbag system is currently in development and undergoing design. Design iterations will be done to ensure the helmet is functional and attractive to the buyer. HelmetWorX will be designed to meet and exceed CSA standards for impact testing. The shell is currently undergoing development and options are being looked into such as the standard material being used in most helmets, Polyethylene. The helmet material is undergoing review but it will be manufactured using common bicycle helmet materials currently found on the market. The custom manufactured small volume airbag made of commercial grade material will be set into the side of the helmet and will function as part of the helmets safety system. The system will function in the same way a car airbag functions. A crash sensor will set off the airbag using a chemical reaction before the person hits the ground, protecting the person from the fall and potential head injuries. Several methods are being looked at such as an accelerometer or impact sensor. The airbag will be made of the woven fabric nylon, a tried and true material that is currently in use in the automobile industry. Every component will be carefully chosen for its weight, reliability and innovative features, nothing will be overlooked. Off the shelf components will be used when possible to keep costs low while maintaining the requirement for reliability. The helmet will be programed to perform a self-check every time the helmet is activated by the “on” switch.
Made In Canada:
The helmet will be made locally in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This will allow for the product to be manufactured under high quality Canadian standards.
Easy To Use:
Designed to be easy to use and resemble the current designs on the market, the helmet will feature a simple on and off switch to control the helmet along with quick and easy battery changes.
The retail price will be between $80 - $90 Canadian Dollars for each helmet. The price range aims to open up the world to unexplored opportunities and increase your safety as you commute, travel and live with your bicycle. Options are being investigated to further decrease the retail price.
Once the funding has been secured, a second campaign will be used to manufacture the product. Funding secured under Kickstarter will cover the following:
1. Mold development production;
2. Electronics system development and prototype; and
3. Airbag development and prototype.
Accomplished So Far:
1. Airbag Material Selection;
2. Version 1 mock up;
3. Initial airbag research; and
4. Initial retention system research.
What needs to be done?
1. Iterative helmet design and development to ensure the helmet meets CSA standards;
2. Design in SolidWorks;
3. Detailed analysis in SolidWorks;
4. Airbag research and development;
5. Helmet shell material development;
6. Helmet liner material selection;
7. Crash sensor development;
8. Airbag algorithm development;
9. Helmet padding research; and
10. Website development.
When funding is secured after the campaign, the 7 month timeline shown below will be followed in order to produce the final product:
Kickstarter campaign: Nov - Dec 2017
Helmet design: Nov 2017 - Feb 2018
Airbag design: Dec 2017 - Feb 2018
Electronics design: Jan - May 2018
Software development: Jan - May 2018
When funding is secured after the campaign, the money will be used to produce the final product in the following ways:
Helmet mould: $1200
Software development: $800
Airbag construction: $1500
Power pack development and sensor: $500