Trying Out a 3D-Scanner That Makes Helmets Custom-Molded to Your Head

It's not hard to find a badass-looking helmet for your adrenaline-fueled hobbies. The trick is finding one that fits correctly. For decades, that's meant buying a standard (S/M/L) size lid and rearranging the padding to conform to your noggin. Recently, I got to try out a much better way. » 4/11/14 3:00pm 4/11/14 3:00pm

Is An Airbag For Your Head Really Safer Than A Bike Helmet?

Remember Hövding, the Swedish bike helmet released a few years back that looks like a stylish, poofy collar and supposedly inflates like an airbag upon impact? In a new video, the company explains more about how it works—claiming it's actually much safer than a traditional helmet. » 4/03/14 4:20pm 4/03/14 4:20pm

This Helmet Knows When It's Too Damaged To Protect Your Head

Helmets made with a liner material called expanded polystyrene will protect your head during a ski accident, but need to replaced after the first major impact. Helmet liners made from expanded polypropylene, though, can endure multiple impacts before needing a replacement. Using a series of sensors inside its liner,… » 3/11/14 5:40pm 3/11/14 5:40pm

What's Better? A $1,200 Motorcycle Helmet or Cheap Earbuds?

The Schuberth C3 Pro is the best motorcycle helmet you can buy. Sure, there are caveats. I haven't worn that many helmets. There's really no such thing as a "best" helmet, considering individual needs and applications—an open-faced off-road helmet isn't going to be great on the track—but for the average rider looking for … » 10/09/13 10:00am 10/09/13 10:00am

Color-Changing Hard Hats Highlight Brittle Sun Damage

Over-exposure to the sun is of course bad for your skin, but that's not the only thing adversely affected by its rays. Man-made materials like plastic will slowly degrade when left out in the sun, so 3M has developed a new line of hard hats featuring a color-changing UV sensor that tells the wearer their head… » 9/13/13 2:40pm 9/13/13 2:40pm

These Hand-Painted Helmets Make Your Head a Work of Art

Bikes have a long history as beautiful specimens for human transport—fun to ride and damn good looking, too. Helmets, however? They’ll protect your skull from being smashed on the pavement, but are pretty widely reviled from a fashion standpoint. People often don’t wear ‘em because, well... they just don’t look cool.… » 9/13/13 12:20pm 9/13/13 12:20pm

A Speaker Helmet That Maybe Takes First-Person Shooters Too Seriously

You've already got the hyper-realistic machine gun controller, but you've probably noticed that playing a war-themed first-person shooter on your basement couch just doesn't feel like you're actually at war. There's definitely something missing—and that something surely has to be Hyperkin's new ComRad that packs… » 9/12/13 7:00pm 9/12/13 7:00pm

This Helmet Gives Eurofighters X-Ray Vision

In conventional combat aircraft, the target generally needs to be in both the pilot's field of vision and within the sights of the plane itself. That is, the plane needed to be pointed in the general direction of whatever you're shooting at. But in the case of the new Eurofighter Typhoon, pilots can squeeze off a few… » 8/02/13 11:30am 8/02/13 11:30am

Can a Helmet Made From Recycled Newspapers Really Protect Your Noggin?

As bike rental programs get more and more popular in big, tourist-friendly cities around the world, wouldn't it be great if occasional cyclists could get a temporary helmet on the cheap? That's the goal of the designers behind the Paper Pulp Project, who have designed a bike helmet made from recycled newspaper that… » 6/28/13 9:27am 6/28/13 9:27am

Hack a Bicycle Helmet To Hunt Down Citi Bike Stations

Now that New York has finally joined the rest of the world with a city-wide bike rental program, users are finding great ways to further improve the service. Including Adafruit's Becky Stern who retrofitted a run-of-the-mill bike helmet with a wicked LED light show and a handy indicator that lets riders find the… » 6/21/13 11:01am 6/21/13 11:01am

This Predator Helmet Can Make Even the Tiniest Vespa Badass

Motorcycle riders don't get a lot of respect from other drivers on the road, but who's going to dare cut you off when you're cruising around looking like an intergalactic game hunter in this awesome Predator helmet. It's built on an actual motorcycle helmet so it's properly safety rated, but has been enhanced with a… » 4/19/13 10:40am 4/19/13 10:40am

Why It's Impossible to Build a Concussion-Proof Helmet

Helmets can't stop brain injuries. It's not a failure of equipment or technology or attention paid, it's a simple biological fact. Our old friend Mark Wilson has a wonderful breakdown of the technologies we have, and how they're simply not and can never be enough. » 1/31/13 11:41am 1/31/13 11:41am

This Soft-Shell Helmet Bounces Back With Every Hit

Helmets have a relatively simple—if not imperative—job as far as gear goes: 1) don't fall off and 2) prevent major brain damage. Given its limited roster of tasks, it'd be easy to assume that helmet innovation has probably hit a standstill by now. WRONG. Enter the Giro Combyn snow-sports helmet: a soft-shell helmet… » 1/29/13 5:40pm 1/29/13 5:40pm

All the Space Helmets In (ALMOST) Every Movie Ever

This video by Keith Melton is monumental: every space helmet in every movie ever, put together for our collective space nerdgasm. It's a pleasure to watch them all, even more so because of the amazing soundtrack: a perfect David Bowie's Space Oddity and The Beatles' Eleanor Rigby mashup. [Keith Melton via Geektyrant » 12/07/12 11:56am 12/07/12 11:56am