Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

April 30, 2017

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The bike helmet that won a prestigious designs award

A bike helmet designed by Isis Shiffer, a student at the Pratt Institute of Design in New York, recently won the prestigious James Dyson (design) Award — and the helmet is made out of paper. Shiffer’s EcoHelmet was created with bike-sharing programs in mind and also travellers who may want to rent a bike, but don’t have protective headwear. The helmet is made of waterproofed recycled paper in a radial honeycomb pattern; it absorbs blows from any direction as effectively as traditional polystyrene. The helmet fits most head sizes and folds flat for vending. It can be recycled at the end of the ride. Before the EcoHelmet hits the market it has to pass the tests necessary to be CPSC certified. It’s expected to launch in 2017 and will be available for around $5 at bike-share stations. ecohelmet.com.

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