The Torch helmet is a new take on the bicycle helmet that features integrated lights visible from any angle. The new design helps ensure the cyclist can be seen by all other road users. Designed by Nathan Wills, a student from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, the helmet is currently in the running for the James Dyson Award.
This international design award, open to university students and recent graduates of product design, industrial design or engineering, has a prize fund of $150,000. Entries close on August 1st and the winner will be announced in November.
Wills was inspired to create a product that would make cyclists more visible to motorists at night, as he is an avid bicycle commuter. He styled the helmet with a classic look so it would appeal to urban cyclists.
It contains ten LEDs that back-light two shatterproof polycarbonate lenses on the front and rear. These lights are visible from 360° and above most other objects on the road. The helmet includes two batteries sealed with the circuit board in a flexible plastic lens assembly, and these are rechargeable via a USB 2.0 cable. You can check out a promo video for the Torch helmet below: