Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Lacoste Helmet Concept


Lacoste Helmet Concept
Originally uploaded by KyleF

Originally the helmet was designed with urban female users in mind. After receiving ecstatic feedback from both genders, I believe that it can be successfully considered a unisex helmet.

For more information about the project and the process please check out my Flickr photo stream set here http://www.flickr.com/photos/kylef/2552056274/in/set-72157603146219698/ , or email me for portfolio samples Kyle.j.ferguson@gmail.com I would like to hear from you either way.

The helmet was also cecently was featured on Channel M Vancouver, along with some other great student work from Emily Carr University check out the clip here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu567H0nQLM&feature=related .

Also take a look at the Safety Is Sexy Campagn for some older posts about this project http://safetyissexy.blogspot.com/.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Helmet Concept Detials


Helmet Concept Detials
Originally uploaded by KyleF

Finally Done!

If your in Vancouver stop by Emily Carr until May 11TH and see it in person at the Undergrad Exhibition.

Thanks!

Lacoste Concept Helmet construction

Finally Done!

Lacoste Helmet Concept


Lacoste Helmet Concept
Originally uploaded by KyleF

Finally Done!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

moulded bio-plastic helmet-shell

Rough version of the bio-plastic shell.

2 part helmet last


2 part helmet last
Originally uploaded by KyleF

The final mould/last

I ended up using a two piece mould which made extracting it from the formed shells much easier. Looks a bit rough.

helmet last


helmet-last
Originally uploaded by KyleF
A bit of process here. This is a one piece mould or last that I am using to vaccu-form the helmet shell prototypes.

Bicycle Helmet concept sketches


Bicycle Helmet concept sketches
Originally uploaded by KyleF
Quick sketches, working towards a more unified design

Sunday, April 20, 2008

where are the helmets?


Vogue cycle chic
Originally uploaded by KyleF

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The End is near!

My final Model is constructed. I will post the last bit of process and sketches soon.

Friday, April 4, 2008

perf leather is hot.


helmet concept.
Originally uploaded by KyleF

initial tweed concept


initial-tweed-concept
Originally uploaded by KyleF

chanel helmet variations


chanel helmet variations
Originally uploaded by KyleF
looking back, what a monstrosity. Ugly venting and definietly more of a motor cycle helmet.

white with wood panels


white-with-wood-panel-helmet
Originally uploaded by KyleF

flourish cutout experiment


flourish cutout experiment
Originally uploaded by KyleF

helmet venting variations


helmet venting variations
Originally uploaded by KyleF

sketch


fusion sketch
Originally uploaded by KyleF

helmet variations


helmet-variations
Originally uploaded by KyleF

riding-cap-style


riding-cap-style
Originally uploaded by KyleF

helmet sketches


helmet sketches page 2
Originally uploaded by KyleF

quick and dirty


helmet sketches page 4
Originally uploaded by KyleF

helmet sketches


helmet sketches page 8
Originally uploaded by KyleF
quick and dirty sketches.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A Small Survey For Female cyclists

. If you have time and are interested I would Love your insights as to how a cycling helmet could be improved for women, or in-general. I have created a short survey here and would greatly appreciate your response.Thanks for your time and insights.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008








So for a while I have been kicking around the idea of having an accelerometer embedded in the helmet to record trauma. I feel that this is an invaluable piece of technology to incorporated into helmet because it may be able help determine if the person wearing the helmet has experienced G forces that could result in a brain injury. In instances where the helmet takes non-destructive impacts it could be used to determine if the helmet needs to be replaced, since it is often difficult if not impossible to tell if the integrity of a helmet has been compromised unless the amage is visible.
http://www.isthq.com/main.asp?a=9989&b=269aba22083db07c5e5e50efeea04ba103520b77&pageid=165&view=active

These devices record g forces applied to an object are cheap enough to be disposable.

"The Shock Timer-Plus 3Dtm is a low cost, low g, 3-axis shock detector with time stamp. The device detects and logs whenever shocks occur that exceed the trip level, and saves a date and time stamp of occurrence and peak-g level. The device is re-settable and reusable via a wireless IRDA interface to a PC. The unit is supplied with a simple windows software package for setting it up, extracting data, and writing it to a file. The file may then be opened in MS Excel for review and analysis"

This is gold!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Airbags for Motorcycles

Air Bag Helmet? --- I think your head might bounce too much to do anygood.





and not what I am going for but an interesting video

Ridell IQ Helmet

A Football Helmet that can record G forces sustained from tackles.




more info here
http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/02/01/football-helmet-impact.html

Monday, February 4, 2008

Taxonomy of Vancouver cyclists




a taxonomy of urban cyclists highly influenced by the fantastic artical in Momentum magazine.

dichotemy of vancouver cyclists


dichotemy of vancouver cyclists
Originally uploaded by KyleF
The image is probably a bit small to view here -I will refine it and repost it in a while.

This is a diagram looking at different types of cyclists in the GVRD. For and excellent and humours illustrated Field Guide to Vancouver Cyclist chekc out momentum magazine.

www.momentumplanet.com/features/field-guide-vancouver-cyc...

Shoes


SB Collection
Originally uploaded by gerardisgejay

Just started to explore a relationship between Shoes ad helmets. At first they seem dissimilar but when you think about their functions there is much in common. If all goes well today I should be able to post a few new sneaker influenced sketches...and a couple of links to cycling culture and shoes.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=83309&page=2

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=103024&highlight=fav+shoes&page=2

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=312422&highlight=shoes&page=2

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=201389&page=3

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?p=1322202.

If I had a chunk of extra money my favorite cycling shoes of all time would be Puma G villas 96 hours edition, that’s if I could ever bring myself to ride in them. They have super stiff soles and are super sexy.

Anyone have a favorite cycling shoe?

Friday, February 1, 2008

wind


sheena riding on her bike
Originally uploaded by KyleF

I think that one of the greatest sensorial experiences of cyclign is having wind go through you hair and on your face. It's an important component that makes it feel so free.

but how can maintian this feeling while supplying sometype of head protection?

This leads to the question: Which is worse? wind swept hair or helmet hair.



helmet sketch



luxury helmet on head
Originally uploaded by KyleF
Limited edition Chanel bicycle and a helmet to match? Fashion-concept helmet. Looking at premium materials such as leather, and metal-like finishes.

fashionable bicycle helmet concept


fashionable bicycle helmet concept
Originally uploaded by KyleF

helmet render


helmet render
Originally uploaded by KyleF
rendered

helmet sketch


helmet sketch
Originally uploaded by KyleF
based on a giro helmet a bit more techy then I think I am looking for

tech helmet


tech helmet
Originally uploaded by KyleF
kind of like an ugly pea pod

Inspiring Materials




Both these materials seem to have great potential for bicycle helmet padding -allowing greater exploration of foam and in the case of Beta gel amazing shock absorption.












Also note worthy are more conventional materials. I found this great exploration of materials: http://www.grantadesign.com/resources/materials/casestudies/helmet.htm, which illustrates that EPS (traditional helmet foam) has properties similar to more natural materials such as ultra low density cork and and low density balsa wood.

There is a tendency to select a low-density foam because it makes the helmet lighter. Figure 3 shows that alternative selections with the same plateau stress absorb much less energy: Polyurethane of density 0.53 Mg/m3, PU(0.53), for instance, absorbs only 0.4 MJ/m3. The value of figure 3 is the ease with which a first selection can be made, giving a short-list of viable candidates. Had the maximum permissible stress been 0.04 MPa, then the best choice among commercially available foams would be the low-density polyethylenes; had it been 10 MPa, then Al-Si metal foams or end-grain balsa would become the best choices, absorbing almost 10 MJ/m3.

I think these materials could also provide some great direction as well for a more natural, less techy helmet. I would like to say a more ecological helmet but I can't really validate that at the moment, and it seems a bit dodgy considering the current issues with cork. Perhaps though this could be an application for "tainted" cork that would be unusable to the wine industry.




and for a great story of invention check out this video of a new helmet liner developed by Australian physicist Don Morgan.




is also a great revolutionary technology and in my mind is superior to foam since it is rated for multiple impacts, thus producing a less disposable helmet. On their website (http://www.xenith.com/) they also mention a "Fit Seeker technology" that is pump free, however they dint elaborate on it.


Project introduction


As a design student for my final thesis I am focusing on bicycle commuters as a niche group. Last semester I developed a convertible trolley/trailer for short range grocery shopping. This semester I have decided to continue on theme of urban cycling, but have changed my focus after being struck by an idea.


Last semester I decided to ditch my helmet one morning on a hurried ride to school. I was feeling self conscious about having messy helmet-hair for a presentation that day, and I am often self-conscious of looking like a bit of a bike dork with all my cycling gear on (although I fully am). To make matters worse I just pieced together a new bike a few days before and it wasn't exactly working 100%. While plowing along a flat section I dropped my chain on an up shift. I looked down for a split second and then suddenly my entire face went numb. I found my self standing upright over my top tube- I then took a step and peeled my face off the canopy of a pick-up truck. Anyways to make a long story short I really regret not wearing my helmet that day -- It could have saved me a bit of a headache and a black eye. For my project I am interested in tailoring a helmet specifically for commuters.


If you have stumbled across the blog and are interested in the project feel free to let me know would like to know how could your helmet be better? Post a link or send me a picture of the modifications you have made to improve your helmet.


Beyond incorporating lights, bluetooth, mirrors, headphones, what features do do dream your helmet had?


I would love to see photo's or sketches of peoples ideal cycling helmet. Thanks for you interest, within a few days I should have a blog of the project up and running.
This pic of Sheldon Brown illustrates one of my favorite helmet mods of all-time. It's like a fantastic hood ornament for his head -plus the story behind it is great too.