Reusable Sports Helmet: Giro’s Combyn Is Constructed To Absorb Repeated Impacts.

Giro Combyn Sports HelmetUnplanned “one-impact” obsolescence no more! Giro’s Combyn snow-sports helmet is one of those “why didn’t somebody think of that sooner” ideas. Unlike most sports helmets that are only considered safe pre-impact, the snug fitting Giro Combyn has been designed to receive multiple impacts and always bounce back. How does it work? From Outside Online:

“The Combyn uses a patent-pending, impact-absorbing liner made with Vinyl Nitrile (VN) foam. The liner features two distinct layers of foam that allow the helmet to manage both high- and low-energy impacts across a wide range of temperatures. Unlike traditional expanded polystyrene (EPS) or expanded polypropylene (EPP) helmet liners, Vinyl Nitrile is soft and flexible. Layered with a proprietary shell material originally developed for football and hockey helmets, the result is a shell that delivers a comfortable and flexible fit with unmatched durability.”

The only way Giro could improve on their helmet technology is by expanding their lineup to a bicycle version. I’ve had the same bike helmet for 10+ years and it still uncomfortably works but it’s worn to the point that I’m basically wearing a styrofoam cooler on my head. Giro – please make a bicycle Combyn soon! [Gizmodo]


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Personal Energy Orb (PEO) Motivates Computer User To Ride Their Bike… Or Get Angry At Their Mouse.

The Personal Energy Orb (PEO) wants you to get off your computer and ride your bike. If you don’t, your computer mouse will move around the screen sluggishly until you recharge it with a bike ride.

Good intent but probably not a viable idea. With a deadline to meet and your mouse not keeping up, the color-changing globe has “unplug me and throw me against the wall” written all over it. And the over-sized glowing globe itself, when magnetically attached to your bike for recharging, announces that you should be mugged and/or beaten.

Stamina InStride Cycle Pedal ExerciserNow if the creators figured out a way to recharge the PEO in the home or office by connecting it to something like the Stamina Pedal Exerciser, they could have something. They’ll still encourage exercise which stays in line with their product’s goal.

A commenter on PEO’s Vimeo page points out that “PEO” is the Spanish word for fart but please don’t change it. That alone could quadruple sales in Spain and Mexico. [Treehugger]

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K-Tor Pocket Socket And Power Box

K-Tor Power Box ChargerPortable chargers like K-Tor’s Pocket Socket ($49) and Power Box ($150) are simple ideas that are packed with awesomeness.

K-Tor Pocket Socket RechargerThe Pocket Socket’s is a hand-crank generator with a max output of 10w and is targeted toward emergency charging of cellphones, portable lighting etc. The collapsible and portable Power Box is a pedal-powered generator that produces up to 20w of power; enough to re-charge a laptop, tablet and of course, cellphones.

I’d like the see a video of K-Tor’s Power Box in use. If it’s not too loud, it could be the perfect product for anyone looking to sneak in a little exercise while they charge and work on their laptop. [GizMag]

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