Disruptive in both function and form, the Madillo helmet is very unlike any other helmet you may have seen. For starters, it ditches the regular hard-hat shell you’d expect from a helmet, for something Lukas calls an auxetic substance, or a material capable of stretching in particular direction. This material and unusual pattern gives the Madillo the capability to comfortably take the shape of your head, embracing its form. Connecting cords hold the helmet together and can be stretched through the earpiece (image above), to adjust the Madillo helmet’s shape.
Its hollow, grille-like layout also allows light to pass through its crevasses, providing the Madillo the capability to work as an indicator. A thin lighting module sits under the outer material, shining to indicate when you’re turning right or left. Visible to the people beside and behind you, this attribute helps fellow motorists know where you are headed… but that is not all. The Madillo comes with a life-saving beacon too that lights the helmet up to attract the attention of passers-by. Additionally, it even sends an SOS signal out to the nearest hospital and summons for an ambulance, while hauling your location to make sure that you’re escorted to security.
The Madillo Helmet is a winner of the iF Design Talent Award for the year 2018.