02 Mar '12, 2pm

MIT students invent bike helmet vending machine

MIT students invent bike helmet vending machine

Bikeshares are a really smart idea, so participants obviously know how to use their brains — but they apparently don’t know how to protect them. Helmet use on bikeshare bikes is pretty abysmal — data from Boston’s bikeshare program show that only 30 percent of users wear a helmet. So a group of adorable MIT undergraduates has invented HelmetHub, a vending machine that dispenses bike helmets for $8 a pop. That’s a small price to pay to keep your cranium intact. The stand-alone HelmetHub units can each hold 12 helmets, which can be dispensed one or more at a time. Once you’re done with your bikeshare ride, you can return the helmet at another HelmetHub location, which you will be capable of doing because you will not have cracked your head open like an egg. Don’t go thinking this is all pie-in-the-sky student stuff, just because they’re undergrads. The team is being super-pr...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/helmethub/

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