The shell of the new Kranium helmet; a paper or cardboard-based design claimed to absorb significantly more impact than traditional lids
Having suffered concussion after a low-speed cycling accident despite wearing a £150 helmet, a London-based design and engineering student set about making a safer helmet.
The model he has devised sees a paper-based honeycomb structure used as the shock absorbing section rather than the traditional expanded polystyrene used in the helmet you’re wearing these days.
The designer, Anirudha Surabhi claims it is not only safer, but also lighter and thinner than conventional helmets. The new ‘Kranium Design’ helmets are also recyclable and much more environmentally friendly to produce.
It’s pre-treated to make the paper-based structure waterproof and sweat-proof and has recently gone on the market.
While the helmets developed thus far have more of a skateboarder or hipster look to them, if the design and build lives up to the hype – especially in terms of added strength and reduced weight – expect to be wearing a road racing version in the near future.
Here’s a video on the product’s origin and development
They don’t look like road helmets yet, but if they catch on expect to be wearing a modified version pretty soon