Our first "proof-of-concept" prototype was completed and revealed at MIT during the Product Engineering Final Presentation in December 2011. Since then, we've revamped our mechanisms and refined our designs for implementation in our feature-complete prototype for outdoor testing in Summer 2012. By stacking the helmets vertically, we can make sure our machine is able to supply enough helmets for a station. Returned helmets are inspected and sanitized according to manufacturers specifications before re-entering the supply.
Our new machine is capable of stocking and collecting up to 36 helmets at a time. It also offers a streamlined user experience for getting a helmet, the ability to vend 3 separate sizes, a more reliable dispensing mechanism designed to work with any helmet, station branding areas, and enhanced security against theft and vandalism—all while maintaining the same footprint, map and advertising panels, and solar powered capabilites.
HelmetHub is designed to be self-standing and deployable anywhere it's needed. The entire machine is solar powered so that it doesn't need to tap into the cities power grid and is designed to accommodate even the most overcast and unpredictable weather.
The machines can be painted to fit the color scheme of each bikeshare program, and they provide ample space for program branding and location labels
Anytime a helmet is dispensed or collected, each machine sends that information to a server, allowing program operators to track supply levels and collect data on helmet usage, all in real-time.