Disruptive in both form and function, the Madillo helmet is quite unlike any helmet you may have seen. For starters, it ditches the regular hard-hat shell you’d expect from a helmet, for something Lukas calls an auxetic material, or a material capable of stretching in a given direction. This material and unusual pattern gives the Madillo the ability to comfortably take the shape of your head, embracing its shape. Connecting cords hold the helmet together and can be stretched through the earpiece (image above), to adjust the Madillo helmet’s shape.
Its hollow, grille-like design also allows light to pass through its crevasses, giving the Madillo the ability to work as an indicator. A thin lighting module sits under the outer material, shining to indicate when you’re turning left or right. Visible to the people beside and behind you, this feature helps fellow drivers know where you’re headed… but that’s not all. The Madillo comes with a life-saving beacon too that lights the helmet up to attract the attention of passers-by. Additionally, it even sends an SOS signal out to the nearest hospital and summons for an ambulance, while transmitting your location to make sure you’re escorted to safety.
The Madillo Helmet is a winner of the iF Design Talent Award for the year 2018.
Designer: Lukas Franz (University of Applied Sciences)
Fallout fans know that the only real way to survive the wasteland is to find some power armor and profit. ThinkGeek has got you covered with their exclusive 1:1 scale Fallout T-51 Power Armor Nuka-Cola helmet. Since it is a 1:1 replica, you can actually wear it.
The PVC helmet also has a voice modulator inside to make you sound suitably robot-like. It has a functioning LED headlamp and custom VATS sound feature. It’s listed as “one size fits most” and measures an impressive 24.5″ tall.
While the helmet is up for pre-order now, the final design is subject to change pending licensor approval. ThinkGeek will sell you one for $149.99 with shipping expected in mid-June.
Second to protection from the elements and surroundings, snow-sport gear is used to express the individual’s tastes, style and most significantly, personality… and their helmet is no exception to this! This is exactly what drove the design of the KnOt Snow Helmet!
Inspired by the boldness of climbing ropes and the distinctive forms created using the Macrame technique, KnOt uses its fixation method to drive the aesthetics! Traveling through the translucent exterior skin of the helmet is a network of rope, which meet at the fastener position under the user’s chin. It uses this structure to add visual interest to the item of safety equipment, and create a product that stands out!
The ropes weave in and out of the skin, revealing its vibrant color and tactile texture intermittently, adding depth to the design and leading to a helmet that we can’t help but want to own!
Designer: Marine Demeyere
Youtuber KyleofAsgard recently built himself a replica of Thor’s helmet. So what makes this one so special? This unique design makes your eyes glow and look like the CGI effect from the movies. Only I’m sure it costs a lot less than paying a team of VFX artists.
The helmet works its magic with a built-in ultraviolet light source, along with UV-reactive contact lenses. I’m sure it’s a great idea to shoot UV light into your eyes. What could possibly happen? I mean we just wear sunglasses for fashion right, not for UV protection. I’m sure it’s fine. Until one day this guy is stuck with Thor eyes for the rest of his life.
This helmet operates wirelessly, and even has a handy remote so that he can turn his glowing eyes on and off. The effect looks completely awesome. If you were on Asgard you would completely mistake this guy for Thor if you looked him in the eyes. Looking him in the muscles, however, you wouldn’t have that problem.
Designed to protect your head in the event of a collision (clearly the only unique selling point that matters), the helmet can sometimes be uncomfortable. Wear a helmet for a long time and your head begins getting sweaty. You could keep your visor up, but the wind only hits your cheeks, leaving the rest of your head in an unbearable, humid mess. Feher quite literally wants you to feel the wind in your hair as it protects you with the ACH-1, a helmet with its dedicated, in-built air conditioning unit.
Using a battery and a thermoelectric module (the same used in Rolls-Royce’s air-conditioning seats), the ACH-1 sits on the back of the helmet, pulling ambient air from a vent at the top, cooling it, and distributing it around the wearer’s head thanks to special air-channels built right into the helmet’s inner lining. Hot air is ejected from a lower vent at the back, resulting in a helmet that is up to 18 degrees cooler on the inside than the outside.
Perfect for hitting the road in the summers, especially in the daytime, the ACH-1 won’t just protect your head. It’ll keep you comfortable, energized, and will let you drive long distances, completely protected, without breaking a sweat!
Designer: Steve Feher
Stormtroopers seem to break pretty easily, so it only makes sense that you’d make one out of porcelain, right? That’s exactly what artist Erifyli Tsavdari of Keramiki has done here with this cool desktop sculpture, inspired by the iconic white Stormtrooper’s helmet.
The porcelain Stormtrooper helmet measures about 8.5″ tall and features a textured floral pattern that’s common in porcelain work. Inside, there’s a socket for a light bulb, which casts a warm glow through the translucent clay helmet. I imagine that the rest of the porcelain Stormtrooper was shattered by Rebel blaster fire, and that’s why all we have left is this helmet.
Each lamp is handmade, so it’s likely to have some imperfections, which only seems appropriate for a Stormtrooper. Keramiki also has some sweet ceramic Darth Vader mugs if coffee is more your cup of tea.