The 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.