Integrating lights into bicycle helmets isn’t anything new, but most rely on internal batteries that require charging and aren’t typically the most aesthetically pleasing, meaning they’re not much of an upgrade over your standard bike-mounted lights. Announced yesterday, POC’s new Omne Eternal helmet is the world’s first self-powered helmet that is designed to improve on these limitations. The Omne Eternal uses a technology called Powerfoyle, an innovative light-harvesting material, to convert any light source, indoor or outdoor, into electrical power. A rear light is built into the back of the helmet and it’s automatic and self-powered, so there’s no need to remember to turn it on or charge it before a ride.
“Safety and innovation are at the very center of POC’s approach. We can all see the very positive shift towards cycling for transport, health and recreation, but with that change comes the well-documented safety worries and risks that cyclists feel when sharing the road. The Omne Eternal may be a world’s first, featuring groundbreaking solar cell technology, but our focus has been to provide riders with enhanced safety and a seamless user experience. Simply placing the helmet on the head will automatically activate the technology, enhancing safety without ever needing to think about it. And it supports all our efforts towards a more sustainable environment.” — Jonas Sjögren, POC CEO
We think this is a fantastic solution for those who are prone to forgetting their rear blinky light at home (ahem, Logan), commuters, or for anyone who wants some extra visibility without the weight and bulk of a chargeable light. Of course, there are a few unanswered questions, like the efficiency of Powerfoyle, how bright the light is, and the light’s runtime. The Omne Eternal will cost €250 ($302 USD) and be available online from June 2021 on pocsports.com.
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