Wearable air bags
July 31, 2012 2:09 AM Subscribe
posted by dbarefoot (47 comments total)
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Equestrian riders use what are essentially air bag vests
, which immediately inflate when they fall from the saddle. They work much like a safety strap on a treadmill. The vest is attached to the saddle by a line, and when that line pulls free, it fires a CO2 cartridge that inflates the vest. Here's a video of one in action on a course
, and here's a clearer view of one being inflated
The Wikipedia article indicates that they're being considered for motorcycle racing. Are they used in any other contexts? I imagine that skateboarders and snowboarders would be way too cool to wear these.