This thing is making rounds and we'd normally be too embarrassed to post what by all means must be a hoax, but for the fact that this souped-up bike helmet is a compelling example of design fiction. As Bike Snob pointed out, Toby King's "Smart Hat" essentially turns a cyclist—specifically, a cyclist's head—into a car. It's a patently absurd concept that, as far as this bike nerd can tell, is intended to insinuate that cyclists and motorists are very different classes of road user indeed, and that urban planning and policy ought to reflect that simple fact.However, as the story goes, the Sydney-based designer (whose web presence is otherwise non-existent) went so far as to present the safety device to a local city council as a concept for licensing cyclists... and Mosman councillor Simon Menzies reportedly approves. I can't speak to the climate of cycling culture Down Under, but I find it hard to believe that the mysterious Mr. King isn't just pulling the proverbial
woolHUD over our eyes.
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