Your Helmet. Soon To Be Custom Made To Fit Your Shape Head. And Be Safer?

bellhelmetscan2bellhelmetscan1The biggest problem of helmet makers is not only to convince more bikers to wear helmets or to wear non-novelty helmets. It’s also to manufacture safer ones for your protection and be less prone to lawsuits. These companies will admit that helmet technology didn’t progress very much since the turn of the century.

But a new technology may be close to offering those who ride a  helmet with a better fit, reducing energy to the head in case of impact.

After successful beta testing, Bell helmets is about to propose a simple scanning process of your head to produce the unique helmet fitting you the best and being the safest possible for your head shape.

Here’s how it works. First, you put on a small cap and sit in a chair. A Bell technician moves a small scanning wand in circle around your head. A 3D image of your skull is generated by a computer in about 30 seconds. From that, Bell makes a custom-fit helmetand sends it to you in four to six weeks. Digital precision allows for helmets to be manufactured less expensively, without as much excess foam.

This year, Bell will bring its new technology first to racing events then expect to have it offered in about 20 retail stores carrying their brand. For now, the custom-fit scanning capability will be only available for motorcycle helmets. Eventually, Bell could use it for all different kinds of protective headwear. Will head scanning technology catch up with bikers? Are they ready to wait six weeks to get the helmet model they want? Answer to these questions will decide if Bell is about to re-write helmet history.

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16 Responses to “Your Helmet. Soon To Be Custom Made To Fit Your Shape Head. And Be Safer?”


  1. 1 Terence Tory Apr 9th, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Interesting,but no use to me.

    For my head gradually moulds to the shape of any large helmet. Much like a squid in a bottle or a hermit crab’s ass in a shell.

  2. 2 takehikes Apr 9th, 2014 at 9:30 am

    I like the idea. Might get me to spend big money for a helmet as opposed to the lower end DOT 3/4 I’m using.

  3. 3 mkv Apr 9th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I would definitely do this especially my odd shaped round head. As long as they can make the helmet really quiet with good airflow and a built in sun visor. Im all for it

  4. 4 Brandon Apr 9th, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Advantage versus inside padding forming around your head? Smaller, lighter, cheaper helmet (less padding)?

  5. 5 James just another Crazy Kiwi Apr 9th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Don’t need no Gypsy to read your bumps now.

  6. 6 Magnet Man Apr 10th, 2014 at 6:55 am

    I like it. The only reason for the body is to support the brain and this technology looks like it would further advance the brains protection while riding!
    Cheers,

  7. 7 SIGFREED Apr 10th, 2014 at 7:20 am

    The entire “helmet debate” is becoming absurd, including the apparent obsession to make the ‘perfect’ helmet, while..,

    YOUR NECK REMAINS THE WEAKEST JOINT AND EVEN MORE VULNERABLE.

    With the additional weight of the helmet dangling/bobbing at the far end of you neck, you risk an even greater secondary (neck) injury, if not fatal.

    Ie – you simply cannot wear a helmet without a neck brace – eg a LEATT BRACE (or equivalent); else the helmet becomes a risk in itself.

    The REAL reason behind the majority of serious- and fatal motorcycle injuries, is overcrowded roads, specifically four-and-more-wheeled vehicles – SUV’s in particular (SUV’s should be banned outright – it is a vehicular insanity of note).

    The clinical verity: the world has an over-population problem and not a head-gear problem.

  8. 8 Terence Tory Apr 10th, 2014 at 7:43 am

    SIGFREED in the scheme of things quality helmets are a good safety item, but it’s the massive the chest injuries that kill bikers off.

    Your neck brace comment makes sense for race cars, and very little for motorcyclists. When motoGP stars slide down the track at over 120mph they rarely get injuries from the weight of the helmet bobbing around on their neck. HANS devices are great if you drive a Sprint Car or a F1 car to work.

    Do you?

  9. 9 David King Apr 10th, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Excellent!

  10. 10 calif phil Apr 10th, 2014 at 8:04 am

    I would love to have a custom fit helmet matched to my fat head.

  11. 11 Fredp Apr 10th, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Motogp riders have a built in hump in the back of their race suit that acts to stop the neck from snapping backwards.

  12. 12 Terence Tory Apr 11th, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Fredp, The hump on the back of motoGP race leather suits is for high speed aerodynamics, and some riders have small hydration systems in them. They have zilch to do with neck stability or bracing in a crash.

  13. 13 SIGFREED Apr 11th, 2014 at 4:19 am

    TT, with respect, the average Moto GP rider is fitter than you can spell. Imagine what the average Joe will rip apart if he attempts to pole-vault.

    Notwithstandiing the helmet debate rages on – eg p30, Issue 307, American Iron.

  14. 14 Terence Tory Apr 11th, 2014 at 5:09 am

    SIGFREED, “The helmet debate” is over, unless you count some little libertarian village packin’ guns’n’beans’n’gold in them hills up there. I’ll happily visit that hamlet, but I sure ain’t living there. The adults have spoken: wear a good quality helmet. The “freedom” to slam your bare head on the hotmix at 50mph is very overrated.

    The motoGP and WSBK racers I’ve known are fit, but nowhere near amazing athletes. Most, but not all, are actually quite slight, light weight, lightly muscled and rather weak. Maybe you were thinking of WWE?

    The average Joe should probably stay inside the pickup for safety, there might be critters or other trucks out there somewhere. You never know.

    Helmets are like mandated health insurance, they might kill you with kindness and take your very soul.

  15. 15 James just another Crazy Kiwi Apr 11th, 2014 at 6:34 am

    I have fallen off a number of times ,some sober, some drunk other times ripped to bits.
    My helmets have been split open by lamp posts, ground by tarmac and sanded by gravel.

    Most of this happened at a younger more dangerous time when being trollied while riding or driving was looked upon as a manly pursuit. As were other strange and dangerous customs in those days.

    HELMETS saved my life.
    A number of times.

    The other thing was the filth found it harder to recognise you whilst wearing a full face and it could be taken off and swung by the chin piece making it a good bludgeoning tool .

    Still I live in a far far away place and it was possibly different here

  16. 16 MDSPHOTO Apr 13th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I would love to have a custom helmet made for me if they were able to reduce the overall size and weight. I wear an XL helmet and it catches a ton of wind at 75mph forcing my neck backwards and causing a literal pain in the neck after a long ride.

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