Blake Witherow was recently short-listed for the James Dyson award for creating the Regenerative Helmet, a multi-impact helmet that can be used again and again after an impact. Currently, bicycle helmets are meant to be replaced if they are dropped or impacted in a crash. “The original concept was to produce a helmet that was less environmentally damaging when it was discarded. However, as more information from scientific and engineering journals surfaced, the project evolved into developing a safer helmet,” says Blake.
Blake, 23, graduated from the RMIT Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) last year, and now works for Formero, a company that provides rapid prototyping, tooling and manufacturing services to take products from prototype to production. Blake’s helmet has two rear halves that are squeezed together and held together by a strap, which moulds it closer and more comfortably to a cyclist’s head. Cyclists can still wear beanies and skull caps without affecting the helmets fit.