Improvised helmets in the streets of Cairo

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Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/EPA

Kyle Wiens, of iFixit, sent us the link to this photo essay from the UK Guardian showing Egyptian protesters improvising helmets in the heat of battle. Protesters are also rerouting power from street lights to recharge their cell phone. One twitter user jokingly dubbed this “Maker Faire Cairo.” Not to make light of what is a horrible and scary situation, but it is always amazing what sorts of “street tech” we humans are capable of improvising (for good or ill) under the most dire circumstances. [Thanks, Kyle]

Egyptian protesters’ makeshift helmets – in pictures

58 thoughts on “Improvised helmets in the streets of Cairo

  1. Reminds me of the Vietnam episode of “Top Gear.” Hammond, the smallest of the group, has no problem getting a motorcycle helmet, while May and Clarkson have to have theirs custom made in a Vietnamese metalshop. Due to a translational error, Clarkson wears a galvanized steel bucket on his head, while May wears a colander.

  2. Reminds me of the Vietnam episode of “Top Gear.” Hammond, the smallest of the group, has no problem getting a motorcycle helmet, while May and Clarkson have to have theirs custom made in a Vietnamese metalshop. Due to a translational error, Clarkson wears a galvanized steel bucket on his head, while May wears a colander.

  3. Although they are smiling in those photos, those people had the most ruff night ever, they have been attacked by police thugs that through molotof, rock and fire life bullets for 15 hours, they stood firm in the ground and would not allow them to regain control of Tahrir – liberation – square in middle of Cairo,
    I am proud to be Egyptian, and shame on me I was not there to die with them

  4. Although they are smiling in those photos, those people had the most ruff night ever, they have been attacked by police thugs that through molotof, rock and fire life bullets for 15 hours, they stood firm in the ground and would not allow them to regain control of Tahrir – liberation – square in middle of Cairo,
    I am proud to be Egyptian, and shame on me I was not there to die with them

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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