I could totally see rolling off a cliff in this one.
6th February, 2012 @ 11:23 a.m. (California Time)
Looks like it belongs in the old Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! LOL
6th February, 2012 @ 12:01 p.m. (California Time)
If an airbag is so dangerous inside a vehicle, imagine one of these exploding in a crowded street! Inviable outside a racing track.
6th February, 2012 @ 12:05 p.m. (California Time)
How long faster this goes into production will someone forget to unplug before stepping off their bike?
6th February, 2012 @ 12:16 p.m. (California Time)
Great. Best of luck getting out to market and into riders hands!
Still, I wonder realistically, who\'s going to wear all that in hot and/or humid weather?
6th February, 2012 @ 2:51 p.m. (California Time)
\"The rider was found 3 kilometers down the road when he\'d finally stopped rolling - lucky not to have hit anything on the way!\"
6th February, 2012 @ 4:58 p.m. (California Time)
@yrag - don\'t laugh but I reckon down the track motorbikes and scooters will have tiny little airconditioning units that pump cool air into a riders protective clothing. A bit like what astronauts have except cheap and light - maybe 3 kg tops. You can get a unit for light aircraft cockpits that weighs 13kg so imagine a unit that only needs to cool a few CFM of air ...
6th February, 2012 @ 5:56 p.m. (California Time)
In itself a good idea but like cachurro said there are other people. Apart from that, it seems as if the ball inflates upon impact. That leaves a rider prone to injuries from the first impact. There is enough technlology that would trigger inflation 0,05 seconds before impact, increasing protection. But.. as Murphy has told us over again.. yup, the rider was found 3 kilometers down the road, a bit dazed, but otherwise intact. The bike continued a kilometer before a tree got in its way. Get the idea?
6th February, 2012 @ 6:03 p.m. (California Time)
this could start a new extreme sport. lets see if we can live if I use my bubble suit to.....
6th February, 2012 @ 11:49 p.m. (California Time)
The video is all very well...test conditions , no other traffic etc. However imagine this on a busy road with lots of trucks. The rider would be shunted from lane to lane like a ball in a pinball machine until some artic (semi) with 40 tons of steel on the back just crushed him.
I have an alternative safety system which is already tried and tested and recommended by safety organisations, police and hospitals worldwide.
Just slow down.
7th February, 2012 @ 2:39 a.m. (California Time)
Some CGI gloves would be nice.
7th February, 2012 @ 3:17 a.m. (California Time)
Cars and, unfortunately, trucks pull out in front of motorcycles all the time - whether the bikes are exceeding the speed limit or not. Why? Two reasons. 1. Car drivers equate something small with it (the object) being far in the distance, if they see it at all. 2. They fail to judge the rate of closure and mistakenly think that they have ample time to pull out and come up to any measurable speed. Both are fatal mistakes for bike riders and their innocent passengers.
A sometimes talked about phenomenon is the old \"when you see two headlights, its not OK to pass but, if you see one headlight, there should be enough distance\"... There has to be a way to project two headlights or a flashing headlight when, for example, radar detects vehicles poised to pull out. BMW has an intersection alert prototype under development (with flashing headlight) but that does not seem to address rate-of-closure issues...
I have survived many years of street riding by assuming that every car is on opposing hockey player and I have the puck. Most of my friends have been hit or have t-boned cars/trucks (some have over-ridden for the conditions and their own ability). If a rider cannot anticipate what each driver/vehicle might do its only a matter of time until they bite the dust.
7th February, 2012 @ 7:39 a.m. (California Time)
Has the inventor ever ridden a motorbike...?
7th February, 2012 @ 7:44 a.m. (California Time)
Do the math. At 60 mph, and .05 seconds to inflate, you can travel 264 feet waiting for that suit. That\'s enough time to hit the pavement and bounce at least once. It might be helpful for the secondary impact, into a curb, guardrail, tree, etc., but it\'s not going to protect you from an impact with a car or the first impact with the ground. I don\'t think I\'ll give up good padding and armor as the first line of defense.
7th February, 2012 @ 9:31 a.m. (California Time)
Dirk Scott - \"Just slow down\"
nice philosophy, but not much use if you are riding along below the limit and some half-asleep doofus coming the other way veers into your path.
I think this system would work great on boots for side impacts and around the head and shoulders for frontals, but surely you want it square or rectangular so you don\'t bounce off town the road like a puffer fish.
7th February, 2012 @ 9:43 a.m. (California Time)
Having suffered many a \'moment of panic\" and a few really uncomfortable cases of \'road rash\" I think this suit is a really good alternative! Too old to ride now, but did do , and loved it. This is great, possibly very effective for ski-doos to? How about letting youngsters have their handy dandy Honda \"50\'s back if so equipped? Go - carts safer? how about Ultra-lights? Good idea all around for the extra cautious among us! Bigger bikes at higher speeds - maybe not so much, but for the small bikes on village traffic - ideal!
7th February, 2012 @ 10:28 a.m. (California Time)
Oooops - a little math error there bobmeyerweb! At 60mph, 0.05 S = 4.4 feet. Still far enough to allow a bit of injury before full inflation.
It also won\'t help if someone hits you from the side.
As a former motorcycle rider, the thought of being pinballed around the roadway by traffic is quite disturbing.
7th February, 2012 @ 10:50 a.m. (California Time)
Thanks for the clarification jjsmail. Nice idea, but I think an improvement would be to have the suit attached to the bike. Complete with AC and heater. Step on, zip in and go. The suit wouldn\'t be much good if the trip line is not securely attached to the bike.
7th February, 2012 @ 12:01 p.m. (California Time)
Invented by \"Q\"
7th February, 2012 @ 2:48 p.m. (California Time)
Ever wonder why after over 100 years of motorcycle history tailored leather garments are still the gold standard of safety? leather wears and absorbs kinetic energy, turning it to heat, without (much) snagging; textiles cause injury, by snagging and causing rotation that in turn equal grater injury, including spinal injury when there was no other danger. also what happens when the suit tries to straighten your arm or leg, when they are pinned sounds like a dislocation, AND unnecessarily sever breakage to me will take my safety gear in a passive form (hard plate and leather) thank you.
7th February, 2012 @ 2:59 p.m. (California Time)
Sometimes it\'s the journey, not the destination.
I think a radar system that can see the bike and predict the collision would work better.
7th February, 2012 @ 3:31 p.m. (California Time)
It can be inflated on demand via a button on a finger, which the thumb presses,
7th February, 2012 @ 5:40 p.m. (California Time)
Was it just me or did anyone else notice the speedo hitting close to 90mph on what appeared to be a residential street where the speed limit is most likely 30 or maybe 45 at the very most. You get what you deserve if you are such an idiot to travel that much over the speed limit. No symathy here.
7th February, 2012 @ 5:41 p.m. (California Time)
To the comments saying air bags are already dangerous in cars: I am only alive today because of the invention of air bags. It only causes rug burns along your arms and a moment of shock the moment of impact, but is significantly better at dissipating the abrupt change in kinetic motion than a seat belt alone due to a larger surface area.
7th February, 2012 @ 5:54 p.m. (California Time)
Orange! Orange What? Orange you glad that you were wearing an inflatable safety device? The attached video explains it all for motorbike, snow mobile, go cart and ultra lite riders. Get your orange on!
7th February, 2012 @ 7:47 p.m. (California Time)
I thought the idea was that it would inflate before you hit teh car, not after you had missed it. Besides, this is already known from the James Bond anti avalanche suit.
8th February, 2012 @ 2:14 a.m. (California Time)
i hope i see this on the road one day. Despite knowing why it\'s happening i couldn\'t help but laugh. But if it hits my car pinball style someones gonna pay.
8th February, 2012 @ 9:35 a.m. (California Time)
Now we have a good reason to see more speedomaniacs on bikes.
And, of course, more smashin\' pumpkins all long year.
8th February, 2012 @ 11:01 a.m. (California Time)
Waaay too much fun in and of itself. Manufacturer\'s could never keep up with demand. I, for one, would insist on instigating a game of ball with a sperm whale pod.
8th February, 2012 @ 1:55 p.m. (California Time)
Presumably the rider would already have snapped both thumbs on the bars and probably smashed both knees on the vehicle before the thing inflated? The danger with motorcycling is the combination of: other traffic, slippery/loose surfaces, fixed objects, no protective shell, misjudgement by enclosed drivers, etc., etc.
The only safe solution is.. er.. don\'t ride a bike. Obviously any practical safety improvement is worth considering but, in this form, this one wouldn\'t sell. BTW, I think Mike Biagio is right about the Bond-avalanche-suit trick, but I think it took a while to inflate.
9th February, 2012 @ 7:06 a.m. (California Time)
Sidenote - Neal Stephenson\'s \"Snow Crash\" thought this out at least a decade ago. Nice to see some mid-level CG graphics about it, though :D
11th February, 2012 @ 12:20 a.m. (California Time)
I will buy this suit.
A year ago i was hit by car while was riding my kawasaki ninja.
The car hit me purposely so i do not have time to react. It happen on a a quiet street at speed of 80km. Luckily i got my helmet protective jacket with kevlar and gloves. But on legs only heavy jeans.
I was rolling on a road for few minutes and luckily no ongoing traffic.
It resulted in knee fracture, bruises on elbow ( thanks to kevlar)and severe concussion.
Only year after i can walk normally, still suffer from memory loss and anxiety on the road.
Before that motorcycle was passion of my life i ride for many years and always managed to react last second to all last calls...
Until that day.
I will buy this suite and will ride again!
16th October, 2013 @ 9:28 p.m. (California Time)