When the weather permits, I love cycling everywhere. It feels great with the wind on your face, taking in every passing scene. What isn’t so great is having to carry around your helmet after you get to where you’re going. Even if you have a bag, you’re forced to tie it on the side, banging against everything you pass. The guys at Morpher felt my pain too and did something about it, developing the Flat Folding Helmet.
Folding to fit snuggly inside your bag, the Morpher Flat Folding Helmet is perfect for the on-the-go cyclist. This helmet couldn’t be more suited for the person who likes to use the publicly available bicycles in town. The ability to conceal the helmet in your bag will make life a lot easier and is sure to shock everyone when you pull it out discretely. You may have some questions about the Flat Folding Helmet, but even with its funky folding mechanism, it surpasses all safety standards, so you know you’re safe while riding on the road.
Road safety is paramount; there are no negotiations with that. What’s been most impressive the past year is the increased awareness around being seen with spray on reflective materials and various lighting solutions for cyclists, but Marc Sapetti’s Blinkers are by far my favorite concept of them all. The next generation bicycle lights – whatever the angle and the situation, Blinkers can be seen and alert those around you.
The operation of Blinkers is simple, which makes them highly efficient – the rear blinker indicates the direction of the turn, by blinking to the right or the left. The front Blinker is synchronized with the back Blinker, while also incorporating a strong white head light.
Accessibility is also a massive factor with Blinkers, incorporating a magnetic snap-on, snap-off system making them easier to dismount. Quite an elegant design, Blinkers is a gorgeous addition to any bike and is sure to keep the rider safe given any conditions.
Designer: Marc Sapetti
At first, I thought this was a joke. Then I checked the calendar and it wasn’t April yet. Turns out, this is very real and even though it seems a bit silly to be talking about airbags for the elderly, I suppose this is a really good idea. When the elderly fall, they break things way easier than we do. It’s especially bad when they live alone and can’t get help after a fall.
At CES 2018, Helite turned up with a set of waist-wearable airbags called the Hip’Air, which will help protect the wearer from a fall, especially the hip area, which older folks are prone to breaking. Helite has actually been selling similar wearable airbags for some time now, but they have been geared toward sports. Helite says that Hip’Air can detect a wearer falling within 200 milliseconds, and then deploy in an additional 80 milliseconds. This could be a lifesaver for older folks, and certainly could prevent broken bones, which often lead to further health degeneration.
The airbags have a built-in battery that will last a week. We can expect it in Europe this spring and in the US this fall. No pun intended.