Company creates helmet for cyclists to capture accidents

Company creates helmet for cyclists to capture accidents

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A local tech company's newest gadget aims at helping to capture valuable information when a collision does happen. When you're involved in a hit and run accident, there's not always proof of who was at fault.

This new tool is designed for bicyclists to capture images of all the action.

You can't predict or control what people do on the road.

"That's the scary part," said, Kris Elkinton.

His life revolves around bicycles.

Kris rides mountain and street bikes and works at the Ozone Bike Department on Guadalupe Street.

Kris said, "I take my kid to school on a bike. You know, go meet friends on the bike, all that stuff. I've had some close calls. I had a close call this year."

He says, as a rider, you hardly ever see it coming.

"I had a girl who turned out she was drunk, she hit me from behind, twice...hit my body and hit my handlebars and then I yelled out loud enough for her to stop," added Kris.

"One of our designers was involved in a hit and run accident on his bicycle," Lee said, "When he woke up, there was nobody around. The vehicle was gone. There was no information at all about what had happened to him."

That's where the idea came from to create this black helmet equipped with seven cameras.

"When it's hit, it begins recording to a USB drive that's on the device and the idea is that we can hopefully capture...anything that will help them solve what happened," said Lee.

It's called the "helmet of justice."

"There's bad cyclists. There's terrible drivers. I mean, it goes both ways," said Kris.

"I'm not very good at dealing with them," said Michelle Eubanks.

Karen Eubanks said, "There's always going to be close calls, if they're slowing down in front of you."

"Actually kind of freaks me out when I see a bicyclist," added Michelle.

Michelle added, "I definitely see problems on both sides...but, gotta share the road I guess."

If you don't want be part of an accident, whether you're behind the wheel or on two wheels, just be aware of your surroundings.

"I've had a couple conversations with people where we stopped, I stopped long enough to be like...what did I do that was so bad you had to swerve towards me, honk your horn and flip me off? Because I'll be out here tomorrow and tomorrow I'll probably be out here with my daughter," said Kris.

You can't buy the "helmet of justice" yet...but Chaotic Moon is talking with potential partners to bring it into distribution.

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