The biggest draw for me with regards to wearable tech is that it needs to enhance my life…otherwise what’s the point? We have an influx of wearable tech that can monitor our health, track our fitness and also save lives. One of the latter is the Hövding. On first inspection it looks like a retro portable helmet hairdryer.
It’s actually an invisible airbag system for cyclists. Invisible because the airbag is stowed away in a collar until required. Check out the Hövding in action below.
Six cyclists have died so far on London roads this year and all have been in collisions with HGVs. It would be interesting to see what protection the Hövding could give you in such a collision but the real with regards to cyclingin London is lack of space and infrastructure. It’s taken over 10 years of development for Hövding to reach this stage and the collar was developed in collaboration with airbag manufacturer Alva Sweden. The collar is made of waterproof functional fabric and the Hövding is truend on or off using a button on the zip pull.
The website reads, “…Hövding records the cyclist’s movements 200 times a second. In the event of an accident, the cyclist’s abnormal movement is detected and the airbag inflates.”
Hövding 2.0 retails for £249.00 and is available in twos sizes – small or medium. Visit hovding.com for more information.