Students in India build solar-powered helmet
The prototype headgear comprises solar cells and a mini fan, and is capable of charging a mobile phone using the energy generated from a 40-minute ride.
Three days was all it took for two electrical engineering undergrads at the Nirma University in Ahmedabad, India, to put together a wind- and solar-powered helmet for bikers. The prototype headgear by the entrepreneurial pair, Pragnesh Dudhaiya and Aalok Bhatt, comprises solar cells and a mini fan, and is capable of charging a mobile phone using the energy generated from a 40-minute ride.
Granted, the design needs some serious work, but Pragnesh and Aslok hope thewill encourage bikers in the city to don the protective headgear. That in itself is admirable.
The pair plans to file a patent on their helmet and said it will retail for about $22, which is a small price to pay for safety. Hopefully, they can come up with a way for users to pick up their phones without having to remove one hand from the handlebars, too.