Seems like everything is getting smart these days, your phone, watch and even TV are seemingly able to perform tech tricks by themselves. So why not a smart helmet? We already have Bluetooth equipped helmets, so we know the wireless technology is there to turn any head piece into a media center.
The first rule of motorcycle riding is to keep your eyes forward at all times, yet how many times do you break that rule when riding? You look behind you before changing lanes, you glance down at your speed or gas gauge, you may have even broken the cardinal rule and changed your playlist on your cell phone while driving along with your Bluetooth helmet. With the exception of the cell phone thing, there are reasons why knowing what is behind or next to you, or being shown on the gauge are important. But also require that your eyes are no longer on the road in front of you.
All of this changes with the Skully AR-1 helmet. This smart helmet puts all you need to know right on your visor in a perfect digital image. Most impressive is the view of the road behind you, using a 180 degree camera in the back of your helmet. Not only do you immediately see if that police cruiser clocked you speeding, you also get perfect views of blind spots.
The image produced by the camera is shown to you as a transparent picture in the corner of your visor. Meant to not distract, but to enhance your driving experience, this will big a major improvement over craning the neck behind you to see.
There is also GPS built in, turn by turn navigation and the ability to hear music and take calls when connected to a cell phone using Bluetooth. This is still a conception project, and the compatible platforms have not yet been announced.
Because of the amount of features, this is a full face helmet with closed visor. Beard wearers may not like this, especially in the summer when a helmet and beard make for a very hot face and scraggly looking whiskers. A problem which could be partially solved with a healthy application of beard oil or beard balm.
With Apple Watch being made available to order today, and Android Wear already powering a number of smart watches, the world of wearable tech keeps on growing. This helmet, with its innovative concepts, has the opportunity to make a big splash in the market among motorcycle riders.
Yet for now, you must stay with your not so smart helmet, and crane you neck to see if you are being pursued by the patrol car you just blew past.