Swedes Develop Invisible Bike Helmet

You know what kind of sucks about riding a bike? Other than all that pedaling? Bike helmets. Yes, they keep that head of yours from getting splattered, but they take a lot of the open-air-joy out of things, and they’re not all that comfortable. A pair of Swedish women have developed a remarkable solution: the invisible bike helmet.

Once you see how their Hövding helmet works it all makes sense, and is a very clever solution that draws from a number of technologies that are well-established and familiar. They’ve done a pretty impressive job with the design and engineering of this.



Autonomous Drawing Robot by Matthias Dörfelt

Created by Matthias DörfeltMechanical Parts is a series of graphic connectors created by Robo Faber, an autonomous drawing robot determined to reproduce. The robot continuously creates drawings generated using a preset system Matthias developed for Weird Faces and the I Follow flip books. The system works around the idea of thinking how the drawings are created by hand and the same logic designed into the algorithm.

Each connector, or “mechanical part”  is entirely random and unique, based on the presets Matthias programmed. In this way the robot can draft an infinite amount of connectors while looking like it is sketching and thinking about a mechanism to reproduce.

I really like that it is in a way a portion of my creative thinking and practice distilled inside of robo faber, frozen in time. Even if I won’t like the drawings thirty years from now, robo faber will still draw and create in a way I though about things now, thirty years earlier.

– Matthias

There is no logic to which connectors go together and the intention was to leave it open to the audience to find the connections that make sense to them. Matthias thinks a perfect fit could be generated at some point, in theory.

Robo Faber is a custom built differential drive robot consisting of two dc motors with encoders at each of the motor shafts. Custom Arduino driver software has been written to approximate the robots position based on the encoders and to allow the robot to follow arbitrary bezier curves. Like in Weird Faces and the I Follow, the drawings are generated using PaperJS.

You can visit the Project Page or visit Matthias Dörfelt‘s website for his work.