Airbags for cars have long been a part of our life with you, but airbags for people is something new. As part of the annual CES 2018, which opened its doors to visitors in Las Vegas, the French company Helite introduced its new development – a belt with a built-in airbag similar to that found in cars.
Helite has for many years been creating airbags of different shapes and purposes: for pilots of small aircraft, motorcyclists and even fans of riding. In the same year, they announced a new generation of airbags, designed for fans of dangerous hobbies and extreme sports. The novelty is called Hip 'Air, it weighs only one kilogram and looks like a normal belt that instantly reacts to a person's fall and deploys an airbag around his waist.
On average, even the fastest fall of a person takes about 400 milliseconds. High-precision gyroscopes and accelerometers installed in Hip 'Air allow the belt to determine the beginning of the fall after 200 milliseconds, and the deployment of the airbag takes an additional 80 milliseconds. This is enough to avoid serious pelvic and spinal injuries, which most often occur with people during extreme sports. The head, of course, is best protected with helmets and other devices.
The device will go on sale in Europe in March this year, and in the US it will appear later – in September. The cost of the belt cushion is impressive – it will cost you $ 790. If you want to recharge it after use, you'll have to shell out another $ 50. Expensive? Of course, but health is much more expensive.