A motorcycle helmet with a built-in particle filter

Traveling by motorcycle can stop being an attack on the lungs if this prototype of a motorcycle helmet with a particle filter prospers.

Until a helmet with a built-in particle filter is marketed, riding a motorcycle is an ambivalent experience. You can smell the firewood, the sea, a pine forest… but you can also breathe the fumes from a pig truck. It is in those moments that some motorists question whether they would not be better off in the car. In others, like traversing Aguilar de Campo, it becomes a deliciously pleasant experience due to its characteristic cookie smell.

In big cities things are very delicate. Air quality is horrible in some cities. Motorists suffer even more because they often stop too close to the exhaust pipes of other vehicles.

A breath of fresh air

To prevent your lungs from suffering, the Indian company Sheillos has introduced a helmet with a particulate filter. Puros, as the prototype is called, has an air intake at the back and a battery-powered fan that blows air onto the rider’s face after passing it through a HEPA filter. These devices act as a retention system for volatile particles. They are usually made of fiberglass. Currently, they are the most widespread solution to purify the air. Sheila’s cigars claim to remove nine out of every ten particles we breathe.

According to WHOEnvironmental pollution endangers our respiratory system and favors certain types of cancer. In addition, it affects fertility, pregnancy, young children, it is related to diabetes, obesity, aging, senile dementia and other diseases.

We have to wait

Shellios does not mention the weight of this prototype helmet with a built-in filter or how long the battery lasts. It does clarify that it is charged via USB and that a simple button on the back is enough to activate or deactivate the system.

At this time, it is only certified to Indian standards. It remains to be seen if it will pass the homologation protocols of the European Union. If it does, we will no longer mind passing a truck full of pigs, sheep or chickens and we can always deactivate the filter when we reach the olive groves of Jaén.

Shellios plans to sell them in India for 4,500 rupees (about 56 euros). It may be a lot for some natives, but it will always be cheaper than opting for the Tesla with “bioweapon defense mode” that the controversial Elon Musk is trying to put on the market.

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A motorcycle helmet with a built-in particle filter