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Taking airbags one step farther:
flared0ne   5/1/2012 10:55:23 AM
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Looking at the graphic of the motorcycle rider wearing the inflatable jacket, the obvious (?) question that arises is: What chance of producing an equivalent deployment device for the HELMET? Or is the assumption that the helmet is doing about all that it CAN do without introducing significant risks of additional spinal torque?? I'm assuming it MIGHT be possible to almost-instantaneously introduce a layer of "crumple-zone" between the rider's skull and an immovable object?

And, since I'm arriving at THIS post from your slideshow of current airbag technologies, I have to question a possible extrapolation of these offerings: at least two endeavors in the realm of speculative fiction come to mind (One, in a framework relating to a "Chaos Weapon" used to cause a catastrophic landscape adjustment via earthquake, and another involving a minor reference to an innovative Japanese inventor who obsessed about self-preservation in the event of a subway car accident) -- in both cases, the net result was a man-portable device which would operate as a full-surround "airbag environment", similar to reactive armor, which would detect an oncoming high-energy-transfer event and detonate a carefully timed "push-back" explosive wave-front in an attempt to divert said energy-transfer event.

Basically a "bubble" you would climb into in the event of an incipient building collapse in an earthquake, or a roll-over event in a train wreck, plane crash, etc. Granted, this quickly becomes both ridiculously over-reactive, cost-ineffective and obsessive, but if you HAD this type of option available during a catastrophic event you WOULD increase your odds of survival significantly.

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