LumaHelm: Bike Helmet Meets Daft Punk

Photo: Craig Sillitoe

It's like bicycle helmet meets Daft Punk. Dutch designer Wouter Walmink created a flashing helmet called LumaHelm with 104 multicolored LED lights that can act as (stylish) indicators:

The LumaHelm is based on a standard helmet fitted with lights powered by AA batteries and a sensor that measures movement of the cyclist's head.
An Arduino microcontroller placed in the cyclist's pocket translates those movements into light patterns.

As well as lighting up when a cyclist turns, the helmet, which meets Australian safety standards, lights up at the back when a cyclist brakes.

Mr Walmink says his invention could improve cyclist safety. ''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 says.

It could also signal the end of cyclists poking out their hands as indicators. ''There's a reason why cars have blinkers,'' Mr Walmink says . ''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.''

Henrietta Cook of The Age has the story: Link - via Core77 

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