This Sci-Fi Helmet Could Give Firefighters Predator Thermal Vision

When firefighters have to enter a burning building, much of their job still involves blindly feeling their way through dense plumes of toxic fumes in search of those trapped inside. However, a novel new helmet design could one day give firefighters the ability to see through the smoke and hear beyond the roar of the… » 4/22/14 11:40am 4/22/14 11:40am

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

Watch a Motorcycle Helmet Become a Pinstriped Masterpiece in Minutes

Pinstriping is an old school hot rod style that's become an art form all its own. At an event hosted by Bell Helmets, we got to watch master striper Skratch crank out eye popping custom-painted motorcycle helmets with nothing more than a brush, a rock-steady hand, and a laser-precise eye. » 3/22/14 1:00pm 3/22/14 1:00pm

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… » 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