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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.

solar-powered helmet
SiliconIndia

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 the dual-purpose helmet will 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.

solar-powered helmet
Pragnesh Dudhaiya, Aalok Bhatt

(Source: Crave Asia via Treehugger)