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Skully: New Augmented Realty Motorcycle Helmet

16
October
2013
  Posted at 11:30:00 AM
  File under  Bluetooth Helmets New Products
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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It looks like the latest technology wave for motorcyclists is going to be found in our helmets. Although helmets have not been at an evolution stop, most of the new stuff for helmets is seen in the materials used, and some with wireless communications. It is only recently that several companies or persons have announced the production of Heads Up Displays (HUD) inside our helmets to make our lives easier and safer while riding.

The Russians made a big splash with their Live-Map AR Moto Open Wired link in a new window helmet a few months ago, a project in development. UK based Bike-Hud Open Bike-Hud link in a new window are going live shortly with their version of a fully integrated HUD. And now in the USA, there is Skully.

Skully Helmets P 1

But before I tell you about Skully Open Skully link in a new window, let me go back in time. A couple of years ago I did a product review of one of the first commercial HUD systems available on the market, the SportVue (link to test Open link in a new window). From that review, I became a firm believer that HUD systems are very useful if done right. Although I no longer have the SportVue HUD since I sold the bike that the HUD was hooked up to, I do miss it.

Skully Helmets P 1
Inside the helmet

The new Skully P-1 helmet is high tech, very high tech. It is a DOT/ECE certified helmet, featuring a rear mounted 180° camera. Like the Reevu rear view helmet (although that one uses mirrors, but there are also going HUD - link Open link in a new window) it allows you to see 180° behind you, in other words, no more blind spots. The Skully P-1 helmet receives voice instructions, talks to you (a bit like Apple's SIRI) and communicates to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Since it can communicate with your smartphone, it means it can receive music and phone calls.

Skully Helmets P 1

You can see in the video below how Skully interacts with you while riding. You see in a small translucent window in your visor what is happening behind you, and you see in the same window navigation instructions. You can ask Skully what the weather is going to be like, or tell it to play some music.

Skully Helmets P 1
Inside the helmet

Skully is going into beta test now (they are looking for beta testers) so maybe the helmet should go on sale next year. No indication on price.


Click here to access the Skully web site Open Skullyhelmets link in a new window
Click here to become a Skully Beta tester Open Skullyhelmets link in a new window
Click here to access the Skully Facebook page Open Facebook link in a new window

Via: Wired



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