A delhi-based startup has developed an anti-pollution helmet priced Rs 4,500 that can help two-wheeler riders breathe clean air.
According to the Union Science and Technology Ministry, the helmet developed by Shellios Technolabs has a Bluetooth-enabled app that lets the rider know when the helmet requires cleaning. The helmet PUROS has been granted utility patent and is now being sold in all parts of the country.
Shellios Technolabs received seed funding from the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and was incubated at Science and Technology Entrepreneur Park (JSSATE-STEP) Noida, the ministry said in a PIB release. It said they had signed marketing deals with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) for the helmet.
For the next version of the helmet, Shellios has partnered with Royal Enfield Motorcycles to commercialize the product, the release stated.
The startup hit upon the idea on realizing the challenges faced by bikers during the air quality crisis that Delhi faces in the winter months.
“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.
Air purifying accessories such as innovative Brushless DC (BLDC) blower fan, High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter membrane, electronic circuit, and microUSB charging port are integrated into the helmet, Shellios said.
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.
Following all mandatory standards stipulated by the government, the 1.5 kg helmet ensures exposure reduction by more than 80 per cent as measured using a controlled environment.