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From light sabres to on-board refreshments, here are some of the best suggestions

So, yesterday we asked you to suggest what you would like to see on a helmet, following the emergence of the Livall Bling, the helmet with everything thrown at it. 

From the sensible to the surreal, you came back with some pretty good suggestions.
 

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Of course, being cyclists, the provision of tea and cake was a recurring theme

On Facebook Andrew Poole suggested a teasmaid, while Chris Gerhard on Twitter went for an entire oven.

York Cycle Chic suggested a Flapjack Shoot. We're not sure what that is, but if it involves flapjack, it's OK with us

 

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We had the more practical solutions

On Facebook Sean Martin suggested a HUD so Froomey doesn't have to stare so hard at his stem. Very thoughtful, Sean.

While Mad Munk mentioned Monkey Mirrors (try saying that ten times fast)

This one only works if you're a cop, but thanks Police Constable Matthew Baker: 

 

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On Twitter, some replies were highly pragmatic

Socks were all that Ned Boulting and Stop Killing Cyclists' Nicola Branch wanted.

 

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The sci-fi references were also strong with this one:

Flip-down night vision goggles for riding along country lanes, as suggested by Clive Davies

Headwind neutraliser, anyone? (Thanks Dafydd Pritchard for that)

 

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Then there were suggestions of the violent kind

A heat-seeking smack in the mouth launcher takes rather an angry tone, and is potentially problematic in application, but thanks Graham L Simmons

While Richard Frost, rather enigmatically, proposed a rocket launcher, size 9 (we hope you've been doing your ab crunches to stabilise that one when it goes off, Frost)

Proximity-activated defence came high on the wish list

And no list would be complete without a Star Wars reference

Though, again, some were slightly disproportionate

But our all-time favourite had to be the sharks with frickin' laser beams, as suggested by Christian Dransfield on Facebook

Because when isn't a shark appropriate?

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dixfourtoes [5 posts] 3 years ago
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Remote Tyre stinger to shoot out on junctions when we can see cars are not going to stop.

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severs1966 [418 posts] 3 years ago
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In the 1980s I came up with a device that would "kill" the engine control units in then-modern cars, causing them to stop.

It would have been colossally unwieldy (and that's without the 2 kWh battery pack) and almost certainly equally colossally illegal. Despite this, it remained alive in my fantasies as a "car-killing ray gun".

Since then I have read of proposals for an EMP weapon (with the same purpose) that would "kill" modern car engine computers.

Can someone miniaturise one of these and mount it on a helmet? Or a handlebar?

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Stephan Matthiesen [72 posts] 3 years ago
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It would be enough to send a carefully crafted radio signal. In modern cars, all electronics - including the radio/sound system, engine and brake control - are on the same bus (communication system), so you should be able to activate the brakes and switch off the engine remotely via the car's radio.

Something similar has been done: http://uk.businessinsider.com/researchers-show-the-ability-to-remotely-h...

The only challenge is to find similar vulnerabilities for other manufacturers, then we could just control the cars around us.