Click above for a gallery of the Wind Helmet

We've seen lots of interesting ideas to generate electricity in our quest to locate story material for our blogging duties, but, as far as we can remember, this is the first helmet we've ever seen that's designed to recharge batteries. The theoretical headgear would feature a small propeller that would catch the flow of wind over the motorcyclist's helmet, acting as a turbine connected to a small generator that can recharge a set of batteries. From that point, the stored electricity could be used by any number of electronic devices, like cell phones or iPods.

There's no doubt that some thought went into this design, but we're not so sure it'd be a good idea in practice. A small generator connected to one of the bike's wheels would certainly be more efficient; alternatively, a small array of solar panels could gather as much energy without putting a drag on the bike's engine.

[Source: Core 77 via]

Share This Photo X