This headgear ought to get your fellow drivers’ motor running… Introducing the motorcycle helmets that look like real human heads. The prototype designs by Dubai-based creative Jyo John Mullor gives the illusion of different people’s shaved heads integrated into the structure of the helmet. The 30-year-old hopes his project ‘Human Helmet’ will become a reality on protective gear next February. Metro chatted to Mulloor on the bike accessories that’ll be sure to freak out every motorist.
Q: Why did you design such creepy helmets?
– I hail from the southern Indian state of Kerala and currently reside in Dubai, and all my life I have been a passionate motorcyclist. I love everything about motorbiking except the helmets – they are the most uncomfortable gear you could ever wear. My project ‘Human Helmet’ is an outcome of my extreme dislike to wearing a thick, clunky piece of metal that's simply not as comfortable as wearing a bandana, cap or anything else. Imagine a protective gear that’s so comfortable that you feel you are not wearing one. What’s more, what if the helmet actually looked like your own head? That’s what I’m pretending to do: a totally customizable protection unit with an image of your head printed on it.
Q: Why are your helmets “shaved”?
– It’s made just for visualization purpose; this is the initial stage of a concept. Obviously, there will be ones with other hairstyles on production as per the consumer orders.
Q: Do you really think somebody would be keen to wear one?
– Yes, my project has received many messages of appreciation from around the globe. Some manufacturers have already shown interest in launching the line of helmets. I hope to see them to be moving across the streets very soon.
Q: Do you anticipate any problems with traffic police?
– We are changing the cover design now to look more like second skin. But I believe it won't cause any problems with law enforcement officers. You will just have to take the “second head” off to show that it’s just a helmet. [Laughs]