Funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, the WertelOberfell ESUB Tracks is a smart helmet that’s designed with optimal safety in mind.
One of the program’s main goals is to develop more eco-friendly printed electronic products that improve both safety and the user experience. Berlin and Munich-based design studio WertelOberfell created the helmet with an elegantly futuristic look. The cutting edge technology influenced the design, as the flat printed organic photovoltaics wrap around the helmet. Thus the whole surface of WertelOberfell ESUB Tracks features sensors that recharge the batteries and transform the helmet into a self-sufficient product.
The ESUB Tracks design concept includes a lighting arrangement on the back for turn signaling, triggered using voice commands to the helmet’s piezoelectric microphone. Additionally, it has a sensor to detect rapidly approaching vehicles from behind, warning the wearer of this condition via haptic feedback. Bone-conductive speakers are provided for listening to Bluetooth audio, and if all of that wasn’t enough, it even tightens down the straps when the buckle is fastened.
Werteloberfell has yet to provide pricing and availability for the ESUB Tracks.
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