Pan­golin and hon­ey­combs in­spire fold­ing hel­met de­sign

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South Amer­ica’s roll- up anteater, the pan­golin and hon­ey­bees in­spired Golem In­no­va­tion to cre­ate the Al­pha hel­met, which re­tracts in folds around the rid­ers neck when not in use. De­sign­ers aimed for it to be as light as pos­si­ble and able to rest around the neck when not in use. The com­pany’s de­sign team took their in­spi­ra­tion from the pan­golin’s abil­ity to roll it­self up into an ball and used the rigid strength of bee’s hon­ey­comb to en­sure the hel­met’s ‘ scales’ can ab­sorb hard im­pacts. The com­pany re­cently launched a Kick­starter pro­gramme to raise over € 200 000 to help bring the Al­pha hel­met to mar­ket. Early back­ers can pre- or­der the Al­pha for € 175 ( just over R3 000) with ship­ments ex­pected by June 2017 if the com­pany is suc­cess­ful in tak­ing this hel­met from con­cept to com­ple­tion. PHOTO: KICK­STARTER

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