A Delhi-based startup has developed an anti-pollution helmet that can assist 2-wheeler riders in breathing clean air. Shellios Technolabs’ helmet includes a Bluetooth-enabled app that alerts the rider when the helmet needs to be cleaned.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) provided seed funding for the startup, which was incubated at the Science and Technology Entrepreneur Park (JSSATE-STEP) in Noida.
They had signed commercialization agreements for the helmet with leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). The product, which has a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 9, has been granted a utility patent and is now available in all parts of the country for Rs. 4500/-.
Individual riders from all over India use the product, and Shellios has partnered with Royal Enfield Motorcycles to commercialise the next version.
The founders of Shellios Technolabs came up with the idea after observing the difficulties that bikers face during Delhi’s winter air quality crisis.
“We were disturbed by the health impacts of the air quality situation on the people on the roads, particularly the millions of two-wheeler riders who were having prolonged daily exposures to particulate matter and vehicular emissions in the air that they breathe,” said Amit Pathak, one of the founders.
The PUROS helmet incorporates air purifying accessories such as the startup’s patented innovations such as a Brushless DC (BLDC) blower fan, High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter membrane, electronic circuit, and microUSB charging port. The purifying system installed at the back of the helmet collects all particulate matter from the environment and cleans the air before it reaches the rider.
Following all mandatory government standards, the 1.5 Kg helmet reduces exposure by more than 80% when measured in a controlled environment.