This unusual helmet was gifted to King Henry VIII by Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I in 1514. The headgear has curly horns like a Kudu antelope, and a pair of spectacles. Atlas Obscura checked in with Henry Yallop from the Royal Armouries to learn about the theories surrounding this strange ceremonial garb.
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There are plenty of bike helmets out there with illumination, but what makes the TorchONE different is that its lights can be detached for daytime riding, reducing weight. The curved front and rear light panels are also visible from the sides, and offer four modes. Available in Midnight Black, Gunmetal Grey, Neon Yellow, and Arctic White.
This modern bike helmet not only protects your head, it dramatically improves your visibility with its LED lighting. It has front-mounted white lights, and rear lights that brighten when braking. Its left- and right-turn signals can be triggered from a handlebar remote or with Apple Watch gestures.
Presumably, because he had nothing better to do, Brian Roemmele built himself this silly looking helmet out of a plastic bucket. But the real magic happens when he puts it on his head and powers it up. Also, we’re pretty sure we’ve seen Brian used to go by the name Man-E-Faces.
This extraordinary, limited-edition watch features a design inspired by a samurai’s kabuto helmet. For each timepiece, a skilled metalsmith hand-carves a dragon into its bezel. Its titanium case and band are cast with special dies that create the look of hand-hammered steel, while brown and blue finishes give it an aged look.
You would think lighting anything around your on fire would be a bad idea, but that didn’t stop The Hacksmith from doing just that. In this insanely cool build, they created a version of Ghost Rider’s fiery helmet that burns propane fuel. As a bonus, they threw in a flaming chain.
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.
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.