The shiny metal dome records the view from a front camera and processes it to a screen in front of the eyes. The slow-motion is controlled by a handheld remote. "The first three minutes are confusing, but then you get a feel for it and become the director of your own perception," he says. "It's alienating, because you're experiencing time at a different speed, but it's also fascinating. People often don't want to take it off again."
Despite the attraction, Potthast, 23, has no ambition to market the helmet, and yet finds himself in demand from conferences, exhibitions and entrepreneurs worldwide. The most recent was in March, from a physical rehabilitation clinic in
"I hoped there could be a real use for it," says Potthast, "so the call from
A camera on the front sees the world, and projects a slower version of reality on to a screen in front of the wearer. The Decelerator helmet could be used to help stroke victims.
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