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Spanish Telecom Giant, Telefonica, Shows Smart Helmet and Gloves

26
February
2014
  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  Gadgets Helmets Safety
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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For all gadget freaks out there, you know that the leading conference and exhibition is currently being held in Barcelona, Spain, dealing with communications and technology. Also in Spain is one of world's biggest telecom operators, Telefonica Open Telefonica link in a new window.

Telefonica showed at the Mobile World Congress Open Mobile World Congress link in a new window (MWC14) expo a product aimed at motorcycle riders; a smart helmet and smart gloves.

They didn't say too much about the equipment, except that the helmet, based on a NZI Open NZI in a new window helmet, can communicate via its mobile network directly, and the gloves are equipped with Bluetooth.

Telefonica Smart Helmet

The GSM capabilities built-in the helmet means that you can talk to other riders in your group without worrying about the comms range. You can talk to several bikers by going into audioconference mode. The helmet also has impact sensors, and when they determine that you have had an accident, the helmet automatically calls in the specialists.

The gloves are there to operate the functions of the helmet. With the Bluetooth link between the gloves and helmet, you use your hands as gestures to select your function in your helmet. The gloves also detect accidents and impacts and will work in conjunction with the helmet to monitor your well being.

Telefonica Smart Helmet

So far, it's pie-in-the-sky stuff, more concept and wishful thinking, but the technology is there, so one of these days I guess we will see this arrive to a motorcycle near to you. But it is interesting to see a telephone giant like Telefonica getting interested in the motorcycle world.

Click here to read the Telefonica Smart Helmet blurb Open Telefonica link in a new window (Adobe PDF file in English).

Via: El Comercio



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