RH Desk, 22 Sept 2022
As India prepares to battle the winter smog, a new helmet has been launched by a New Delhi-based startup in a bid to provide relief to the two-wheelers.
Dubbed an “anti-pollution helmet,” it has been developed by a Delhi-based firm, which will let the rider know when the helmet requires cleaning
“The product, at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) level 9 has been granted utility patent and is now being sold in all parts of the country priced at Rs. 4500/-. The end-users of the product include individual riders all over India and for the next version, Shellios ties up with top tier-2-wheeler OEM for the commercialization of the anti-pollution helmet,” a government statement said.
It further said that the startup received seed funding from the Department of Science and Technology and was incubated at Science and Technology Entrepreneur Park, Noida.
“We were disturbed by the health impacts of the air quality situation on the people on the roads, especially the millions of two-wheeler riders who were having prolonged daily exposures and that too, to a double whammy of particulate matter and vehicular emissions in the air that they breathe,” said Amit Pathak, one of the founders.
According to the government, the helmet titled PUROS is integrated with air purifying accessories which include the patented innovations of the startup — a Brushless DC (BLDC) blower fan, High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter membrane, electronic circuit, and MicroUSB charging port integrated into the helmet.
“The purifying system set at the back of the helmet picks up all particulate matter coming from outside and cleans the air before it reaches the biker,” the statement said, adding that the 1.5 Kg helmet ensures exposure reduction by more than 80% as measured using a controlled environment.
Air pollution has become a persistent problem in India especially in the capital New Delhi over the last few years, with the issue getting aggravated in the winter season from November to January every year.