Heads Up - riding a bike just merged with being a fighter pilot. Meet the World’s Smartest Motorcycle Helmet (according to the people making it). With integrated smartphone tech, voice commands, rear view cameras, a headsup display, GPS navigation, and electronically adjustable visor tint, I’d have to agree. The only question that comes to mind is why aren’t F1 racers using this thing?
Dubbed the world’s smartest motorcycle helmet, the Skully AR-1 is a mean-looking Android-powered lid that has a number of tricks including a rear-facing camera that projects onto the visor what’s going on behind. This means riders will be able to pre-empt any upcoming hazards or change lanes without having to glance away from the road; a split second look that could otherwise be costly.
Apart from this wide-angle camera, GPS navigation is also projected onto the visor as well as speed and music and mobile phone functions, which can be controlled by voice command. Adding to its cool credentials is the electrochromic e-tint feature, which lets riders combat glaring sunlight by electronically making the visor darker at the press of a button.
If you’re raring to get the AR-1 to protect your melon, you’ve got a wait. It’s being put through the crowd-funding circuit on Indiegogo with a plan to ship in May 2015. It’s raised $836,000 of its $250,000 goal and there are a number of pre-orders available if you’re happy to put your money down. So, the price? It’ll cost a cool $1500 to get this tech on your head.