What Happens When Batman Meets A Imperial Scout?

We’ve all wondered about the what if’s, what if your favourite superhero teamed up with someone from a different series, what if someone hadn’t been killed off so early in a series. The questions tend to plague us, but there is now one you don’t need to worry about. What happens when Batman meets an imperial scout from Star Wars, the answer is he creates an awesome looking helmet!

As part of a charity auction, artists are creating unique pieces of art based on the iconic Imperial Scout Helmet from the Star wars franchise. One of the first results was inspired by none other than the caped vigilante Batman. Creator Julian Checkley calls it the “Wayne Industries (Applied Sciences Division) Advanced Pursuit Helmet” and the design does nothing but pay tribute and honour both franchises.

With the piece set to be one of forty auctioned off in July this year, the proceeds of which will go towards the charity Star Wars: Forces Of Change. The charity is a global project to help groups like Unicef and supplying food to countries in need and should be recognised for the support and work they do.

For a full 360 tour of the helmet, you can check out the video below.

If that wasn’t enough awesomeness for one day, you can watch Batman fight off against Darth Vader in the Super Power Beatdown below and the alternative ending here.

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Communicate like Star Wars Droids with these Amazing Helmets

Unless your name’s Michael Winslow (no? Watch Police Academy, kids), it’s unlikely that you can bend your tongue enough to sound like everyone’s favourite chirping droid, R2D2. With the help of the Droid Translator Helmets, though, not only can you speak like a Star Wars astromech, but you can understand the tonal language, too. Kind of.

A Canadian electronics engineer, working under the name AE Innovations, developed the Droid Translator Helmets as an entry into a Star Wars competition on Hackster.

So, how can two people communicate with each other in droid beeps? Well, they can’t, but the helmets effectively give the illusion that they can. Each helmet contains a two microphones and an earpiece. Two helmet wearers, connected via WiFi, can speak to each other through one of the microphones and the ear piece, with their voices masked by the astromech language.

But wouldn’t an un-helmeted observer hear the pair’s voices from beneath the masks? Nope. Unlike official Star Wars voice changer helmets – which filter the user’s voice, meaning that both filtered and unfiltered voices can be heard together – the droid beeps are created via a throat microphone (Laryngophone), which picks up on the tiny vibrations of the larynx and translates them into a loud series of beeps and bleeps. It is the secondary microphone, mounted near the mouth, which transmits the human voice to the other helmet’s earpiece. Because the secondary mic is independent of the droid output, the wearer can speak quietly to ensure their voice is not heard over Droidish chiming.

While the helmets are not commercially available, AE Innovation details their creation over on his blog, for anyone who wants to imitate the design.

LIVALL Bling Is the First Smart Cycling Helmet

It is almost weird that this hasn’t been done before. While there have been attempts, no one has come close to what the new LIVALL Bling smart cycling helmet can do. It is the first smart helmet, but it is also a lot more. When you look at what you get, you’ll quickly notice why it already has been funded close to six times.

The campaign is running on Indiegogo where the goal was set to $20,000. At the time of writing, the campaign already raised $115.672 by 788 people, nearly six times the asked amount. Not only is it a great product with a very fair pricing, it’s also a product that is ready, all the way through. All that is needed now is the start-up money to get a mass production running.

So what is it that makes the LIVALL Bling helmet so smart. It comes with bright LEDs all over the top that make you stand out in traffic, both at day and night. You are the weak contender on the road and need the best safety. It has turn-signals, a 3-axis G-sensor, and Bluetooth connection for speakers and smartphone connection as well as a windbreak microphone. You can answer your phone or listen to music over this feature, and you can also use the built-in walkie-talkie function for a direct communication with your fellow riders that also use the helmet. The 3-axis G-sensor can detect when you’ve crashed and don’t get up again. It will start to flash the LEDs to signal passing folks of your presence as well as notify a previous set contact about your crash.

There are two more items, possibly three, that you’ll want to go along with your new smart cycling helmet. The first is the Bling Jet, a small controller meant to be mounted on the handlebar for easy finger control of everything.

The second is the LIVALL Nano Cadence Sensor, the smallest cadence sensor in the world. When coupled with the LIVALL Riding App on your smartphone, it can show speed, traveled distance and burned calories as well as slope rate, altitude, and heart rate when you connect designated extension devices to your phone. The third item you might want is the phone holder. It mounts easily on your handlebar just as the Jet does and can securely hold your phone while you ride. It also comes with a convenient 5000mAh battery pack for on-the-go charging or longer rides.

The LIVALL Riding App is where it all connects and allows you to control and manage everything. It looks like an awesome product that I have no doubt will get just as popular once launched to the masses as it was in the Indiegogo campaign. There are still 32 days to go, so time left to get your own LIVALL Bling helmet. All available packs, including the $100 early bird, are still available.

Innovative New Folding Bike Helmet Set For Launch This Spring

Closca has announced its new Fuga helmet that folds down into a smaller size for easy storage. The helmet is made of three shell parts that can collapse down and still remain safe when worn as a helmet.

Closca has stated that the new Fuga helmet has already passed certification testing in Europe, Canada, and the US. The helmet is made up of polystyrene and polycarbonate which are common in bike helmets. The innovative new design of the Fuga has won the Red Dot Design Award 2015. Another feature that you don’t see every day in helmets is that this one is NFC connected, though it is not clear on the specifics of that. The helmet is available for pre-order for $75 and will ship later this spring.

Halo Motorcycle Helmet Lets You Ride as Master Chief

Now all you bikers can straddle your ride dressed like Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 with this officially licensed Halo motorcycle helmet. The limited edition Spartan Armor helmet – rumoured since last year after a partnership deal between NECA and 343 Industries – is made by US collectibles giant NECA and will be available in July this year.

From the NECA website:

Exterior Features:

  • Convenient modular design
  • ABS shell with matte UV-protective clear coat
  • Front air intakes reduce shield fogging; rear exhaust vents keep head cool and dry
  • Reflective shield with UV protection
  • Double D-ring nylon chin strap with snap secure
  • Game-authentic deco

Interior Features:

  • Contoured center pad with a design that allows heat to dissipate from the top of the scalp
  • Dual-layer EPS cheek pads for a firm, comfortable fit
  • Center pad and cheek pads are removable and washable
  • Soft, moisture-wicking material
  • Eyeglasses friendly interior

Additional Features:

  • Meets or exceeds DOT standards (FMVSS 49 CFR 571.218)
  • Nylon drawstring helmet bag included
  • Available in S (55-56 cm), M (57-58 cm), L (59-60 cm), XL (61-62 cm)
  • Limited edition

Source: NECA

Halo Master Chief Motorcycle Helmet Prototype Revealed

Master Chief may be a virtual character from the Halo series, but he is owner to one of the coolest helmet designs in gaming history. With the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection coming later this year, I can think of a cooler way to show off your love for one of the most iconic shooters in video game history than this kick-ass helmet.

While only in sculpt prototype from at the moment, this Halo inspired motorcycle helmet looks freaking awesome. Not only because it will keep your head safe when you’re out for a ride, but it will also double up as a great bit of cosplay great.

The helmet is still in production, but the team behind it expect it will be release in 2015. If you could have a video game inspired bike helmet, what would it be? Personally I would go for Grey Fox’s mask from Metal Gear Solid.

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Russian Snowboarder’s iPhone Crashes After Receiving 2000+ Messages During Olympics

We now know that an iPhone has its limits in terms of text messages, thanks to Russian Olympic snowboarder, Alexey Sobolev, who wrote his phone number on his helmet and wore it during a run.

Now I know everyone would ask why on earth did he do that. Well, some may think that he was bored, but an obvious reason would be to get admirers, especially female ones. In the end he got what he wanted, more than he was expecting even. He go over 2000 text messages from people all around the world.

And this is the most interesting part though. It is said that when he tried to respond to one of his admirers, his iPhone crashed. Now how about that? You really do have a limit it seems. Luckily though, he was able to to start it again and all was fine.

However, the stunt did not go unnoticed, since he was banned by the committee from showing his number again on the next run and had to cover it up. No matter though, because his number is already out there, generating virtual tears for his iPhone, which is expected to be flooded by messages in the following days.

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Hövding AirBag Helmet, Stylish Yet Extremely Effective

It is always recommended that you wear a bicycle helmet, though many of us do not wear our helmets because they are uncomfortable, every time we go for a ride we put ourselves at risk that can have deadly consequences. It is important that we protect our head, Hövding knows this so they have tested and manufactured a new product that will protect our brain if we were to have an accident while riding a bicycle.

Hövding has been working since 2005 to set “a new standard in Swedish safety”, creating an “Airbag for cyclists”. The company name is also the name of this revolutionary airbag for your skull. At first glance, you wouldn’t notice that this device would be able to save someone’s brain, it is a simple collar that you fit around your neck, though they have come upwith some cool patterns, which are changeable to keep it looking bland.

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Some facts, the Hövding are possibly the safest bicycle helmet that you could wear, and it is not even a helmet! This device complies with the requirements for a cycle helmet given by the EU Directive on Personal Protective Equipment. Providing more than three times better shock absorption of any other helmet they have tested.

The Hövding has censors that monitor the cyclists movements when it is turned on, and is able to tell if it needs to be inflated and inflate protecting the user in a tenth of a second, protecting the users skull and brain from a harmful impact.

Though I don’t feel that you can really put a price on safety, if you want to use the Hövding, you will be paying a pricetag of around 399 Euros! If you need to be stylish while you are riding your bicycle then maybe this is the device for you.

If you’re interested in learning more about Hövding, make sure you check out their website, Hovding.com