• May 28, 2011
Jessica Dunn's Proteus folding helmet - Click above for high-res image gallery

Twenty-five-year-old Australian Jessica Dunn spent five months riding a motorcycle in Indonesia as a foreign exchange student, and that meant hauling a helmet around all that time. Weary of that grind after just 150 days, Dunn developed the Proteus folding helmet and it is now shortlisted for the James Dyson Award.

An outer layer of polycarbonate covers polystyrene foam, and the innermost layer is a material that's pliable during normal use but instantly hardens when it registers an impact. The helmet itself collapses in a manner reminiscent of a hardtop convertibles, the visor slides back on top while the sides and back fold into the helmet's interior cavity. The Proteus helmet has been engineered to meet Australian safety standards, and when folded fits into a standard backpack. Have a look at the gallery of high-res images for a better view, and if you think that's funky, you should check out Julien Bergignat's Tatou helmet.


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      • 3 Years Ago
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      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice idea, but won't ride with anything else other than full face. I have seen a study of impact zones on helmets, and a surprising amount is in the jaw area.
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not trusting (arguably) the most important part of my body in something MEANT to fold.
      level4
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah that looks real safe. Why dont you just make out of newspaper?
      rxfld
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is for rice burners at 30km/hr - not Harleys at 80mph - structural integrity of the helmet is compromised by the folds - doubt if this is very safe -
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rxfld
        LOL..have you ever seen a Harley at 80mph? Most of those guys rarely run over 65...the pack won't let them and the bikes vibrate enough that it's not a good thing. I like HD, they just have their place as cruisers. Not only that, but HD riders use those non-DOT, non–SNELL-approved beanies...the beanies take up even less space.
        ravenosa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rxfld
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        Brummie
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rxfld
        I'm with you on that one I'd rather have a conventional 'Skid Lid' and have the inconvenience of a bulky helmet. I've fell off a few bikes at speed and to be honest it smarts at bit when your head makes contact with the asphalt at 70 mph!!!! My motto when riding a bike is '' Better Safe Than Sorry''. Neat design though but not for me.
        QAZZY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rxfld
        Nothing wrong with small motorcycles... in Asia. They make sense for weaving through thick traffic, in countries with no laws (no license required, if you're caught for speeding, pay the pathetically cheap fine). Agreed, makes sense in Asia (if they start enforcing helmets), but not in America.
        jdhegnes
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rxfld
        Jap bikes 30, but Harleys 80? Sounds like you could have used a helmet that wasn't so "compromised" at some point.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      pigsbladder
      • 3 Years Ago
      no way I'd ride without a full face, good idea though.
      Jim Lazarides
      • 2 Years Ago
      How can we contact Jessica Dunn regarding helmet . We are from Proteus Photo Protective technologies and would love to chat to her . If anybody can he;p please email jim@proteusphototech.com Jim Lazarides CEO
      Joe Lucas
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope this would help other bike rider find a nice looking, fit, safe, and low cost motorcycle helmets, coupon code F45Q020D8N. http://t-motorsports.com
      cinoiem
      • 3 Years Ago
      Any Motorcycle helmets should have either ECE or SNELL M2010 certified. I wouldn't risk my life wearing none certified helmet.
      zipdesign
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice! But I would only use it for cruisers or touring bikes....still feel unsafe when riding my crotch rocket.
        matt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @zipdesign
        A crash on a sport bike is worse than a crash on a tourer? Explain the physics there.
      Samurai Jack
      • 3 Years Ago
      It doesn't seem too different from current composite helmets (Schuberth Concept, Shoei Multitec) safety-wise. But I personally choose not to wear those either as chin protection matters.
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