Hövding: An Airbag for Cyclists

Airbags are usually made for vehicles and are a vehicle safety device. Recently, cyclists need not fear when they are on the road as airbags have been specially made for them, too. In my opinion, this is a rather life-saving device for cyclists as it is not just a regular bicycle helmet but an airbag that has higher-level shock absorption during an event of an accident. It could save cyclists’ lives. The quality of use of this particular design including usability and user health and safety has met the criterion of having a very good understanding of the context of use of the design (Maguire, 2001).

This cyclist airbag goes by the name Hövding and it is a thoughtfully designed safety device for cyclists. It does not only provides protection for cyclists’ head and neck but also covers a bigger area as compared to a traditional bicycle helmet. It works through advanced sensors in the airbag, tracking the cyclist’s movement and it deploys.

In many years, cyclists were seriously injured or killed. However, with Hövding produced in the market it can save a cyclist’s life, if not lessen the degree of injury.

This is a good user-centered design especially for cyclists. They can cycle with airbags worn around their head and neck, deploying any time in the event of an accident. They will be protected like those who drive a car.


  1. Maguire, M. (2001). Methods to support human-centered design. Int. J. Human-Computer Studies, 55, 587-634. doi:10.1006/ijhc.2001.0503

a poorly designed discussion room in a library

This is a discussion room in a library in a particular university. This is a poorly designed discussion room as you can see from the above picture in which the dividers are not entirely attached to the ceiling, making it not soundproof. Libraries, in general, are designated quiet places for people to read. In other words, everyone is asked to be shushed; there is no phone rings and no group study.

However, from the university’s perspective of building a discussion room in the library, the authority wants to provide an innovative solution to suit students’ need of wanting more space to have discussion besides student lounge which only feeds a few measly students. Unfortunately, when noise is produced, it immediately becomes an unpleasant occurrence in said library.

This is not a perfect user-centered design as it may bring convenience for people that need to use the discussion room, those that are in the library may experience trouble by getting distracted or annoyed by the noise that they might produce.

Apart from the undone dividers in the discussion room, the importance of designing the discussion room to be soundproof should take into account as well. The discussion room should be designed like an anechoic chamber which is like a room that is designed to entirely absorb reflections of either sound or electromagnetic waves (Omics International, 2012). Most importantly, outside can be insulated from the interior sources of noise (Omics International, 2012).

While this design is usable but it is definitely not satisfying as it can bring trouble to people.


  1. Omics International. (2012). Retrieved from http://research.omicsgroup.org/index.php/Anechoic_chamber