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Kranium is a bike helmet that is made from the same cardboard used for the boxes you find at the supermarket. This material, along with some clever construction, turns out to be a lot better at absorbing impact than the more usual polystyrene-filled lids.

Anirudha Surabhi’s design absorbs four times more impact energy that the polystyrene equivalent, and — unlike regular helmets which break on impact — it survives longer. One Kranium was smashed five times in a row and still passed the British Standard (EN 1078) test.

What about rains and sweat? No problem. Surabhi’s helmets mix the cardboard with a “waterproof acrylic compound” which makes them just as rain-resistant as the helmet you have now.

The Kranium is better than regular helmets in another way too. Because they are easy to build to order by scanning the buyer’s head and cutting the cardboard to order, it fits perfectly. This means that it will stay in place if you crash, offering much better protection.

Surabhi’s design has already been licensed by some major manufacturers, so this is one student project that may make it into stores.

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http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/06/cardboard-bike-helmet-better-than-plastic/

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I wonder how many tree's had to be sacrificed to make that helmet. It's down right barbaric imo.


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I wonder how many tree's had to be sacrificed to make that helmet. It's down right barbaric imo.

People need to stop riding bicycles. It is bad for the environment because it requires either the destruction of trees or the use of petro-chemical by-products which were already produced so I could drive my car (van)


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Kranium is a bike helmet that is made from the same cardboard used for the boxes you find at the supermarket. This material, along with some clever construction, turns out to be a lot better at absorbing impact than the more usual polystyrene-filled lids.

Anirudha Surabhi’s design absorbs four times more impact energy that the polystyrene equivalent, and — unlike regular helmets which break on impact — it survives longer. One Kranium was smashed five times in a row and still passed the British Standard (EN 1078) test.

What about rains and sweat? No problem. Surabhi’s helmets mix the cardboard with a “waterproof acrylic compound” which makes them just as rain-resistant as the helmet you have now.

The Kranium is better than regular helmets in another way too. Because they are easy to build to order by scanning the buyer’s head and cutting the cardboard to order, it fits perfectly. This means that it will stay in place if you crash, offering much better protection.

Surabhi’s design has already been licensed by some major manufacturers, so this is one student project that may make it into stores.

kranium.jpg

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/06/cardboard-bike-helmet-better-than-plastic/

I think I want one of these. That is pretty awesome.

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I wonder how many tree's had to be sacrificed to make that helmet. It's down right barbaric imo.

Recycling might not be familiar to you.

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It's the same premise people argue about the NFL helmets causing more injuries than they prevent.

Though, I'm not too sure how well cardboard would go over with the NFL :lol:


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Its all in the physics Paul. Even linebackers, when presented with adequate information, are actually able to make sound choices when their big paychecks can be extended by decreased head injuries.

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