Using a thermal sensor module out of a FLIR One smartphone module and some Zeiss Cinemizer goggles, The Hacksmith and engineering intern Ben managed to create a Predator-inspired helmet that actually displays heat and infrared vision just like what the creepy movie creature saw when it gazed upon on the world.
THE BEST Helmets
This modern bicycle helmet has a rear-mounted grid of 77 color LEDs which can be used to indicate when you’re braking or turning, as well as to display animations. The LEDs can be activated via handlebar controls or an Apple Watch app. In addition, there’s a row of bright white LEDs in front which improve forward visibility.
While the metal helmets worn by soldiers in ancient times weren’t exactly cushioned like today’s foam-filled models, they did save lots of heads. In this clip from metalsmith Andrey Yumanov, he takes us through the process of heating, forming, and finishing sheet metal to form one of those old-style military helmets.
This impressive Marvel Legends Gamerverse Punisher War Machine helmet is a 1:1 scale replica inspired by the Marvel Future Fight video game that envisions what would happen if Frank Castle got his hands on Stark Industries technology. It’s got LED eyes, sound effects, and a removable magnetic faceplate.
Like many other makers, SKM loves to build things from cardboard. This time, he used what appears to be an off-the-shelf template to create a model of Iron Man’s iconic helmet, though this one is guaranteed to offer absolutely no level of protection to its wearer.
Livall’s bike helmet has a pair of Bluetooth speakers and a microphone for calling and listening to music and navigation from your phone. It also has brake and turn signal lights to improve visibility. It can even automatically call your emergency contact if you fall.
The Feher ACH-1 is said to be the first self-contained air conditioned helmet available to the public. Using similar tech to ventilated car seats, it has a small convection system and and air flow lining that keeps your head cool while riding without adding too much bulk.
Bike helmets are a necessity for keeping our noggins safe. But they’re not exactly stylish. Park & Diamond aims to change that with their baseball cap-inspired headgear. Not only does it look better, it rolls up to the size of a water bottle for packing without sacrificing safety.
10KLumen shows off a super cool build – a slick replica of the headgear that Jay Kay wore in the music video for Automaton. It lights up, changes colors, and even has moving spikes. Learn how you can win one of the helmets on their Facebook page. (Thanks Victor!)
A motorcycle helmet with a heads-up display. Together with an app, it lets you see navigation data, the view from its rear camera and more. It also isolates sounds and has a walkie talkie function. Its front is elongated to provide more space and make it easier to breathe.
A life-size and wearable replica of Rey’s beat up Rebel helmet from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Anovos digitally scanned the prop that was used in the movie to make sure that they got it right. The helmet’s interior is fully lined and has earcups. Fits up to size 8.
Love Props’ replica of Guy-Manuel’s first generation Daft Punk helmet is packed with electronics to take advantage of its potential as a wearable light show. The LEDs can react to sound or movement, and there’s a USB port and an SD card slot to swap choreographies.
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