When cycling, you typically don’t want invisibility to be any part of your ride. However, if you have a high sense of fashion and enjoy the wind flowing through your stylish locks, you will be glad to know there’s an alternative to the traditional bicycle helmet. The Hövding is the design thesis, brought-to-life brain-child of Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin. It’s a collar worn round the neck, fit with motion sensors, microcontrollers and a unique way of wrapping your gourd in the event of an accident.
The Hövding is a zipped collar constructed of black, waterproof and dirt-resistant fabric. It comes with Shell options to coordinate your outfit or preferred crash situation. When smashing into a wall, being hit by a car or other unexpected trauma-inducing accident, the device’s motion sensors pick up the cyclist’s complex, unexpected movements, sending a signal to a airbag. This hidden head sack deploys from the collar, inflating in a tenth of a second to envelope the head and neck of the cyclist.
Researchers at Georgia Tech and Duke University have developed and tested an energy-harvesting EPC Gen 2 RFID tag and reader designed to alert workers and equipment operators in the event of an imminent collision.
A team of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Real-time Automated Project Information and Decision Systems (RAPIDS) laboratory and Duke University have completed testing of an energy-harvesting radio frequency identification system that, when tags are attached to hard hats, can issue an alert in the event that heavy equipment is moving too close to a worker on a construction site. The solution is unique, in that the tag can operate from power stored on a built-in capacitor, enabling the tag to be smaller than it would have been if it had a battery, while also ensuring that the system does not fail due to batteries requiring replacement.