”One of the things we wanted to do was make a helmet that was more exciting to look at,” the 28-year-old says. ”We saw an opportunity where we thought no one had seen it before.”
The LumaHelm is based on a standard helmet fitted with lights powered by AA batteries and a sensor that measures movement of the cyclist’s head.
An Arduino microcontroller placed in the cyclist’s pocket translates those movements into light patterns.
As well as lighting up when a cyclist turns, the helmet, which meets Australian safety standards, lights up at the back when a cyclist brakes.
Mr Walmink says his invention could improve cyclist safety. ”I wanted to make people more visible. I have been cycling around a little bit with this helmet and people definitely notice you coming,” he says.
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