Air bags for cyclists, an outspoken alarm clock and more

Welcome to Freak-Filled Friday, a weekly roundup of odd and interesting innovations news:

(Video courtesy of Hovding)
(Video courtesy of Hovding)

The bike helmet you don’t wear on your head

Their remarkable video was a viral hit with more than 2 million views. Now the helmet that won’t mess up your hair is for sale in Europe. The small company hopes to begin sales in the United States, but is focusing on Europe for now.

An alarm clock that is too honest.

How much money do you have? How about friends, or time left to live? Imagine waking up to an alarm clock that answers all of those questions. It’s not for everyone, but has raised over $17,000 on Kickstarter.

Boss around a cockroach

Just in case you really wanted to control how a cockroach moves, you’re in luck thanks to the guys at Backyard Brains. Pre-order up to five roaches for $99.99. You will need to perform a “brief surgery” on the cockroach to attach the electrodes to the antenna, so queasiness with insects isn’t recommended.

The bus that goes where you want

Residents of Helsinki have an interesting new transportation option. From treehugger.com:

Instead of buses plying a set schedule, Kutsuplus is a more personalized service implemented by the Helsinki Regional Transport Authority (HSL): users register and set up a trip ‘wallet’, then choose pick up and destination spots based on city addresses or pre-existing stops.

Like other private taxi or pick up services, Kutsuplus is made to allow users a bit more flexibility in city traveling but with a lower price point. Through a smart phone app, a user can set a departure time just minutes in the future.

Know when you need to change a diaper

We talked recently about The Internet of Things and smoke detectors. Here’s another example, a diaper with an alert system. Writes TechCrunch:

Barcelona-based startup SiempreSecos (aka AlwaysDry in English) has created a range of silicone urine sensors for use in babies’ nappies, or for older people suffering incontinence disorders. The basic problem is that it’s inconvenient and/or invasive to have to keep checking whether a diaper needs changing.

The reusable silicone moisture sensor, which sits against the skin inside the diaper, is paired with a wearable bracelet or other type of warning device/system such as an alarm clock to alert the carer that a diaper needs changing, or that a child is about to wet the bed.

Learn more at their indiegogo page, where they’re aiming to raise more funding.

Matt McFarland is the editor of Innovations. He's always looking for the next big thing. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook.
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