Folding Helmet nominated for Dyson Award

A new folding helmet design has been shortlisted for the James Dyson Award

Posted: 26 May 2011
by Nathan Clark

World's first folding helmet

JESSICA DUNN, a design graduate from Australia has designed the world’s first folding helmet called the Proteus.

Intended to make it easier for commuters to carry their helmet with them, the simple design folds to fit inside a rucksack.

The design has been short-listed for the James Dyson Award for Innovation, which carries a £10,000 prize for the winner to help with development of their product.

The idea came to her whilst on holiday in Indonesia when she had was faced with wearing damaged helmets or no helmets at all.

The award will be announced on Friday 22 July 2011 in Melbourne.

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Where does the padding and liner end up? How comfortable is it having hinges in the inside of the helmet?

Posted: 26/05/2011 at 16:01

Anyone that would wear this needs serious help.

Dreadful idea imo

Posted: 26/05/2011 at 16:09

I think like she said: If you go on holiday and you're gonna get mopeds or bikes, they generally give you open face shite helmets with no padding.  You could take one of these instead...

Or maybe the woman in thailand just didn't like me  

Anyway, they might be comfy and they have to be up to safety standard so I guess there's no way of knowing without trying one.. 

Posted: 26/05/2011 at 16:30

I think, if it didn't have a chin-bar, I'd be pretty hesitant about wearing one. That said, as previous posters have mentioned, if it is as safe as a conventional open-face lid, then it's a good idea for people who use those. 

Posted: 26/05/2011 at 17:04

Stick a removable chin bar on it (like the Schuberth J1), and ensure it's up to standard for impact in all directions and yeah - I may well wear one.  

 I think weather proofing and sound-reduction might be an issue - but for city-scooter riding it'd be useful. 

Posted: 26/05/2011 at 17:47

it folds... you still have to carry it about so what difference does it make?

Posted: 26/05/2011 at 23:08

Look , someone is having a bash at designing here. give them a break, something like this could really take off for the scooter market. Ahelemt that fits in a Trendy camp man-bag? If your're slagging it off, lets have a look at your detailed designs and the awards your creations have been nominated for.

I'm sure the designer would welcome polite constructive criticism like some of you have posted though.

Posted: 27/05/2011 at 08:42

I think it will go perfectly with my folding head

Posted: 27/05/2011 at 09:17

If it folds small enough to go under your seat or in a tank bag then it has potential as an emergency pillion lid. Stick that and a pair of gloves under the seat, and you can pick up hitch hikers...

Posted: 27/05/2011 at 13:52

Can't see it getting the dyson award, it sucks

Sorry couldn't resist

Posted: 27/05/2011 at 19:41

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Posted: 28/05/2011 at 07:10

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Posted: 28/05/2011 at 07:17

Is that with the answers posted on the internet and 14 year old kids getting the qualification with no experience, it makes it worthless. here you go. When you pass MS/IBM/Cisco/whoever should pay for your exam 000-001 costs atm. There is one good thing about.

Posted: 28/05/2011 at 07:24

It appears to be an attempt at remedying a problem that i'm not convinced actually exists.

The external hinges would, cause massive issues with grip when sliding, leading it to dig in and cause head rotation.  This is why most side-pods and external vents are so flimsy, they are meant to pop off rather than dig in to the road during impact.

However, leaving aside the issues surrounding padding, safety testing etc, Other issues are also pertinent, such as aesthetics and cost.  This would presumably cost a fair whack more than it's equivalent quality 'solid' helmet due to the additional processes etc.

Posted: 28/05/2011 at 17:24

There's a lot of whingers about in here. Many's the time I've cursed having to carry a lid around with me. a folder is a good idea for thos quick trips to the shops. doubt I'd use it on a long trip but that's what variety is for.

Stop fucking whinging!

Posted: 01/06/2011 at 18:01

i feel it is a scooter thing, mainly girly, it could double as a shopping basket. great idea if the designer does not use a mechanical hinge, some sort of interlocking clip lock for sides that pulls apart then folds using an elastic mechanism. Good luck Jessica.

Posted: 01/06/2011 at 20:34

Can't help but wonder if it would fold on impact.

I think I'll pass on it thanks.

Posted: 02/06/2011 at 08:25

A good idea but with limited use. You wouldn't use on a trackday or expect the sort of protection you get from a proper crash helmet but handy for a niche market.

I personnaly wouldn't use it as I doubt it would suit my needs for the sort of riding I do. As for a holiday scooter hat I buy the £30 cheap full face and leave it with the scooter rental firm when I leave for home (more room for food, baccy and booze)the finished product will probably have bluetooth, ipod dock come in pastel colours and be "handy", probably sold on the QVC channel. Not the sort of thing sold to hairy arsed grumpy old bikers like me. Good luck with the idea but not the sort of thing that would become a standard for all.

Posted: 02/06/2011 at 10:49

Itotally agree with you

Posted: 03/06/2011 at 08:45

tjz100.  your's appears to be the first post in this thread that was whinging. 

Posted: 07/06/2011 at 19:04

The designer made clear its purpose: a trade up, not down. Iit has great potential. Good on her.

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