The Morpher is a new innovation in portable cycling helmet technology. Would a bicycle helmet that you can fold flat persuade you to wear one? Inventor Jeff Woolf is hoping so: after having his life saved by his headgear after a hit and run accident 20 years ago, Jeff has developed a compact Morpher helmet that’s easy to carry around with you. With 9 out of 10 Londoners who hire Boris bikes choosing not to wear a helmet, the new innovation could prove to be a lifesaver.
The Morpher isn’t pocket-sized, but the flat-folding, portable design means it can be easily slipped inside a rucksack or handbag. Whether or not it makes it into production depends on the success of the project’s Indiegogo campaign, which kicks off at the start of November in the search for funding. However, the prototype has already won three innovation awards.
Jeffrey Woolf isn’t new to the invention game and has been named British Inventor of the Year twice. He has also been awarded an OBE for his services to innovation. Of the Morpher helmet, he says: “I have been aware of the increasingly large number of cyclists taking to the streets without helmets and, with my experience in inventing, I wanted to see if I could help to reverse this trend.”
“I am delighted to announce the launch of Morpher’s Indiegogo campaign, providing the opportunity for people to be involved in the creation of Morpher and to own one of the first folding helmets in the world. Morpher helmets will fold up small enough to fit into a work bag or typical laptop carrier. With more and more people riding every day, Morpher helmets will help to protect cyclists and save lives around the world.”
As on the similar crowd-funding site Kickstarter, you can commit different levels of cash to the project in return for different levels of reward. For a mere $20,000 you can get an all-expenses paid trip to China to see the helmet in production and get your hands on 25 of the helmets with your own custom-made graphics. Those with less money in their pockets can chip in for a far more reasonable $5.
The Morpher helmet is built from expanded polystyrene (EPS) with nylon hinges that help it to fold up. The headgear weighs in at 250g and has been developed with the cooperation of the British Standards Institution. For more news on the helmet, which is scheduled for a Spring 2014 release, visit the official website at or the @morpherhelmet Twitter account.