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Putting a different lid on it

June 2, 2011
Proteus helmet

The Proteus helmet folds into a compact shape (image via

Right up there with “I love you” and “the check is in the mail,” “a full-face helmet fits under the seat” is, at best, wishful thinking with many scooters.

Australian design student Jessica Dunn spent five months in Indonesia lugging a conventional helmet around after the one she originally had was stolen. She knew there had to be a better way, and came up with one.

Proteus helmet illustration

As you can see, it fits neatly in a backpack, and would take up very little space in the pet-cooker of a modern Vespa. Among its other interesting features is an impact-absorbing material that’s pliable until it gets whacked (which I’m going to guess makes the foldability possible); if such material were easily replaceable, that would make the Proteus an economical and eco-friendly device as well.

As this is written the Proteus helmet is still a concept. I’m hoping some company will put it into production, soon. Favicon

  1. June 2, 2011 8:48 pm

    It’s an interesting idea, but I wonder about the cost. These days that matters a lot!

  2. June 2, 2011 9:31 pm

    True, but if individual sections could be replaced (along with the impact-absorbing material) by the user, it might end up being cheaper in the long term…

  3. June 2, 2011 10:16 pm

    Wouldn’t trust this as a bicycle helmet.

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