This is a solution for a problem that never existed.
I’m supposed to pay in excess of $500 to wear, regardless of weather conditions, a special gizmo around my neck like a padded Thomas collar? And then, in case of an accident, I’m supposed to depend on some piece of computerized electronic wizardry to determine that I’m in danger and then allow it to initiate a controlled explosion — at head level, mind you — to create nitrogen gas to inflate this thing? And there’s proof yet that this thing has even the chance of a snowball on a hot skillet of meeting the CPSC, let along the Snell, standards?
I can see so many things wrong with this, battery failure being only the first. Computer sensor error causing inadvertent/unnecessary deployment; improper positioning on the rider himself (imagine what would happen if you turned that thing around 180°!); and the possible failure of the material of which the ‘air helmet’ is made to — it could just as easily burst during inflation or on impact.
No. Just like you will not find any elliptical chainrings, electric motors, electronic shifting, or hydraulic brakes on any of my bikes, this is something that you will not be likely see around my neck either.
So….you pack your inflatable helmet in your checked luggage for the flight to Iowa, land in say….Omaha, deplane and as you wait at the luggage carousell for your bag you see a bag similar to yours with a large bulge in it. Oh Crap, it is yours!! But wait, as you claim your bag four stern looking people in blue uniforms ask you to accompany them down the hall where they say they have “a couple of questions”. Double Oh Crap!!! Well, you knew it would be trouble to take it as a carry on but you thought this would be better.