With more and more cars in the city, and some people considering that cycling can serve the purpose of proper exercise, the number of people who choose to travel by bicycle for short distances is increasing. Since, there are more cars and also more people on the street, this brings potential hidden dangers to safety.
On August 15, 2022, nFrontier, a German innovation studio, premiered a revolutionary new bicycle prototype helmet, PYLO, using 3D printing technology, which the company claims is "the world's smartest bicycle helmet." The PYLO is unique in that it combines for the first time the latest digital, safety, design and manufacturing technologies in bicycle helmet design. Designed with the needs of urban commuters and athletes in mind, the helmet combines lightweight materials with contemporary fashion design and cutting-edge technology.
For example, the helmet shell's 3D printed nylon structure is optimized to absorb more deep impact than traditional mass-market polystyrene helmets. Overall, PYLO integrates a number of industry-first features, including key automotive safety and driver assistance technologies, as well as a range of smart safety tech such as LIDAR radar sensors, 3D immersive sound, LED light indicators, face shield airbags, an intelligent 360° surround safety system and multifunctional 3D knit inlays. With all these innovations, so the company calls it "the world's smartest bike helmet" will revolutionize bike riding, making it safer, smarter and more high-tech than ever before. Innovative high-tech solution that will revolutionize bicycle riding.
The helmet is currently being reviewed for market entry. nFrontier CEO Daniel Buening explains, "Our vision is to develop exciting next-generation helmets that will advance safety technology for bicycle riders into the 21st century. Bringing together different technologies, features and materials into one helmet."
For the first time in bicycle helmet design, the 3D knitted liner is used as a liner layer in the middle with the helmet shell, is not only makes the helmet not only strong, but also maintains an optimal fit with the user and provides maximum wearing comfort.
The liner is double-layered, with cotton on one side and fleece on the other, and can be worn on either side depending on the season to keep the contact surface cooler or warmer. For extra protection and better visibility in bad weather, the helmet is also equipped with a sun visor and integrated LED lights. In addition, PYLO's most prominent feature is the world's first face shield airbag designed for a bicycle helmet, which pops up from behind when faced with unavoidable danger, protecting not only the skull but also the lower face from injury, something not available in traditional helmet designs.
nFrontier has also developed a 360° surround, 3D immersive sound safety system with LiDAR at its core. This sound-based warning system provides a higher level of assistance than vision- and AR-based systems. It can alert cyclists to visual blind spot conditions or provide exact location and direction based on navigation. The helmet is also equipped with LED head and tail lights and LED indicators that can be activated by simply double-clicking on the left or right side of the helmet while cycling, further improving safety in heavy urban traffic. The gyroscope sensor automatically detects the rider's movement to turn on the brake light.
All helmet functions are controlled by the rider through the app, such as turning the headlight on or off and connecting wireless sound headphones.
With the global impact of the epidemic and anxiety over public transportation, the popularity of cycling has accelerated dramatically and it can be an effective alternative to commuting. This trend is accelerated by a growing number of products, including easy-to-maneuver, mid-priced bicycles and hybrid, advanced (e-)bicycles.
nFrontier is a pioneering, impact-oriented innovation studio that accelerates the development and launch of industrial products through 3D printing technology. Making the process faster, more successful, more digital and sustainable. It is enabled by the expertise, high-tech equipment and infrastructure provided by technology partners such as Stratasys (3D printing), Franka Emika (tactile robotics), AutoDesk (hardware and software development), Vajo (VR/XR products) and KeyShot (3D rendering software).