The statistic about motorcycle safety in the United States of America are really chilly, but however the people at Skully go forward to give an additional layer of safety to the bike rider in the world. The Skully AR-1 helmet started like a fever dream by Dr. Marcus Weller, the founder and CEO, who has survived multiple motorcycle accidents before. He was willing for a helmet that could give him the GPS and HUD directions and to let him get a clearer look of the things behind him. In the middle of the night he woke up and then spent an hour looking for this helmet, and concluded that this thing must exist in the world.
Waller said that at the time he didn’t have a motorcycle, but he was planning to buy one, and then he concluded that he has to build it. The AR-1 uses an elaborate network of sensors, a camera and microprocessors, and it is able to deliver a Heads Up Display, together with turn-by-turn GPS navigation and with information that are appearing about ten feet in front of the rider of the bike. This platform was called Synapse platform, and it offers automatic infinitely variable focal distance and that means that the GPS is clear no matter where the rider is looking at the moment. The helmet is made of lightweight, aerodynamic polycarbonate and it is weather resistant. Also the helmet has an anti-scratch, anti-fog, anti-glare E-Tint visor that also acts like a heads up display.
The point of that is to ensure that the driver is looking and paying attention to all of the other vehicles on the road as opposed to averting attention to street signs and warnings. Because of that, the team developed a rear-viewing system that can give you a 180 degree view of the things that are behind the rider.
This thing functions similar to a rear camera system in the cars, and it offers a panorama instead of a tunnel. It is placed below the GPS in the corner of the HUD of the rider. This lets the bike rider to see where he/she needs to go.
This incredible helmet can be paired with your smartphone via Bluetooth and the battery life is of up to 9 hours, because Weller sees that as the maximum time that one person can spend on the motorcycle continuously. It will come with and iOS and Android companion application and you can configure ride settings before you get on the bike.
They introduced the helmet at the end of 2013, and saw over 100,000 beta tester applications. The Skully AR-1 will go for $1,399 on Indiegogo, but the MSRP once it hits retail will be nearer to $1,499. It is available in Matte Black on Gloss white. The internationals Indiegogo users will have to pay for the helmet near $1,599, and the orders will be shipped in May 2015.