Inventor Suffocated To Death By Helmet For Remotely Controlling Devices

Is the gruesome death of this amateur inventor a metaphor for our relationship to the technology that has pervaded our everyday lives? Reported by New Zealand’s Stuff:

Police have confirmed the death of a man found in South Auckland on Monday was accidental, and it is understood it was the result of home experiment which went wrong. Michael William Roiall, 34, was found dead at his Papatoetoe home about 2.30pm.

It’s understood the man was an amateur inventor and was found wearing a home-made helmet, which he was attempting to use to control devices in his home. It’s believed the helmet may have suffocated him.

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said the area was normally very quiet. However, she said there had been an unusually high number of police officers patrolling the street in the past few weeks. “It’s all been a bit weird,” she said.

8 Comments on "Inventor Suffocated To Death By Helmet For Remotely Controlling Devices"

  1. Jin The Ninja | Aug 20, 2012 at 10:16 am |

    “Is the gruesome death of this amateur inventor a metaphor for our
    relationship to the technology that has pervaded our everyday lives?”

    yes.

  2. Matt Staggs | Aug 20, 2012 at 10:41 am |

    Maybe he forgot to put in the crystals.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3LHAlcrTRA

  3. The helmet suffocated him. What the hell kind of helmet would do that? Maybe he succeeded and someone killed him to steal his invention?

    • Simiantongue | Aug 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm |

       The article uses a picture of a bicycle helmet. He probably had a full faced motorcycle helmet on. Given that the cause of death was suffocation something would have to of covered the face. Seal the faceplate and with adequate neck padding you effectively cut off air supply. It’s possible.

  4. conspiracy. he invented technology.  how could you suffocate yourself with a helmet?

    •   “A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said the area was normally very quiet.
      However, she said there had been an unusually high number of police officers patrolling the street in the past few weeks.”

      Why were they patrolling?

      • Treknut72 | Aug 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm |

         It’s South Auckland. Full of Auckland’s cheapest housing and the most over policed area in NZ.

  5. justagirl | Aug 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm |

    there is def a forensic genius behind this.

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