MindRider Seeks Beta-Testers, Gears Up for Crowdfunding

MindRider, the stress-mapping bike helmet we wrote about back in January, is speeding closer to production. In a brief email announcement yesterday, designers Arlene Ducao and Ilias Koen revealed that they’re looking for test riders and gearing up to launch a crowdfunding campaign in June.

Small EEG readers inside the helmets detect patterns of stress and relaxation in the wearer’s brain during cycling, which combine with GPS data to reveal which streets and neighborhoods are bike-friendly, and which are more hazardous.

Residents of New York City will have a chance to try the latest prototypes during the Bike To Work Day afterparty this Friday, May 16, in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn. There will also be test rides in early June at both the Tour de Brooklyn and Tour de Queens, and a mapping exercise at Ducao’s alma mater, MIT, in mid-June.

To express interest in being a test biker, contact MindRider through Facebook or email.

Details of the crowdfunding effort have yet to be released, but photos and videos released recently by MindRider show that Ducao and Koen are closing in on their goal of fabricating helmets from the ground up, with all the electronics integrated into the design.