Despite being made from paper, this foldable bicycle helmet could save your life

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A recyclable bicycle helmet called the EcoHelmet has been named as the 2016 international winner of James Dyson Award.

The rain resistant helmet is made from recycled paper that has been woven into a honeycomb therefore protecting the wearer’s head.

A biodegradable coating has also covers the helmet meaning that it is capable of being water resistant for up to three hours.

The helmet had to beat off stiff competition from a wearable asthma management system and smart contact lenses that are capable of measuring glucose.

The invention prize is open to university level students or recent graduates and carries a prize of over THB1.3 million.

This year’s winner was Isis Shiffer, a graduate of the Pratt Institute of Design in New York, who said the helmet was aimed at bike share users.

EcoHelmet

“I was lucky enough to be studying at Royal College of Art and the Imperial College of London for a semester, and was granted access to Imperial’s crash lab,” she said.

“They had a European standard helmet crash set-up that allowed me to gather enough data on EcoHelmet’s proprietary honeycomb configuration to know it was viable and worth developing.”

Ms Shiffer is planning on selling the helmets for around £5 (approx THB220) at bike share stations in London, before possibly rolling out the revolutionary helmet worldwide from next year.

This follows on from a 2016 study by the University of New South Wales in Australia revealed that wearing a bike helmet can reduce the risk of serious head injury by almost 70%.

James Dyson, inventor and founder of the Dyson company said of this year’s winner: “EcoHelmet solves an obvious problem in an incredibly elegant way.

“But its simplicity belies an impressive amount of research and development. I look forward to seeing EcoHelmets used in bike shares across the world.”

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