Monday, July 9, 2007

Pollution filter for cyclists

This "Breathe Air" helmet was created by 22-year-old Brunel University industrial design and technology student Luke Pannell. This helmet and face shield covers the cyclist's nose and mouth with an air filter to remove particulate matter from the breathed air.

Air pollution is a concern for me, but I don't think I'll rush out to get this particular helmet. There's no comment on how much this thing restricts air flow, and it looks unbelievably hot to me. Fishbowl wonders what happens if you sneeze while wearing this? Many cyclists also know that mucous buildup in the throat and nose that collects while cycling and must be periodically cleaned out.

Read more in the London Times Online.

See also the Puma Vexed Cycling jacket which also features a built-in air filter.


  1. The filters would probably flow enough air when they're new, but I'd wonder about it after going through a few duststorms or even a good, soaking rain.

    But there's a bigger concern - just how do you drink when you have one of these things? It looks like you'd have to remove it entirely. Now here in Oklahoma (which is an Indian word for 'this place is only a mile from the sun, dammit!') hydration is a serious issue when the temperature an humidity are off the scale.

    Oh, there's just one other question - where can I get the rest of the Star Wars storm trooper uniform?

  2. These aren't the droids you're looking for.

  3. I wondered about the heat issue - I assume the guy who designed this has made it as lightweight as possible (and white...) but yeah, I think it would be uncomfortable (especially if hot and humid) and surely you have restricted vision as well?

    It looks good as a sci-fi get up though....soon to be found on geek emporiums and fetish sites everywhere....