As technology in cars has progressed, there’s been an evident lack of attention spared to today’s bikers and motorcyclist. It makes sense. On a motorcycle, there’s limited space, and there’s only so much that can be done to a helmet that would enhance the riders journey, or, so at least we thought. Dr. Marcus Weller, the CEO and founder of the Skully AR-1 helmet, sought to make his dream come true.
Weller convinced himself that he would be able to obtain a motorcycle helmet that could give him a heads up display (HUD) that would support GPS, music control and to get a better view of behind him. His search for a helmet of that caliber ended with Weller having to create a solution on his own.
The Skully AR-1 helmet uses a compound of sensors, microprocessors, and a camera, in order to deliver a Heads Up Display with turn-by-turn navigation. The GPS navigation will be available in all countries. Users will be able to download maps to store on the helmet and save them for offline or without being connected to a smartphone.
The information will appear in a way that makes it seem as if the information is 10 feet away from the user. This system, named the Synapse platform offers automatic infinitely variable focal distance which means that the GPS will be clear regardless of where the rider is looking.
According to Skully…
The transparent display appears outside the rider’s primary field of view and appears to float in the distance. This means you can see the road ahead without any obstruction from the display. This display system simplifies the riding experience because you no longer need to take your eyes off the road to see what is around you or to find your route. With our optical technology, the display is always in focus no matter where you look, allowing instant comprehension of the information.
The HUD may seem like it would just distract the user, but the HUD also shows an 180-degree view of what’s going on behind the rider and within his left and right blind spots. The rear view camera of the Skully AR-1 will probably be the most-anticipated feature of the Skully AR-1. The rear view camera will continuously display itself in the comer of the HUD.
The rear view camera on the Skully AR-1 will is digitally adjustable by using the Skully smartphone app so that you can align it based on your preferred riding position.
The Skully AR-1 is currently a project that you can pre-order from Indiegogo for $1,399. The project sought out $250,000 and had (at the time of this writing) raised $577,444 from 409 riders. Once the Skully AR-1 launches in May, 2015, The helmet price will go up to $1,499.
What Apps Does The Skully AR-1 Support?
Nativity, the Skully AR-1 features GPS, music and a rear view camera feed. Skully intends to release an SDK (software development kit) that will enable programmers to make apps work with the Skully AR-1 and will receive software updates over the air (meaning wirelessly).
How Long Does The Skully AR-1 Battery Last?
The Skully AR-1 features a battery that will hold strong for nine hours according to the guys at Skully. The helmet uses the micro-mini USB charging port which will make it easier to charge. I wonder if they would consider a charging pack for longer journeys though it’s probably not best for one to ride on a motorcycle for so long.
Insurance for the The Skully AR-1
A cool note I found over at Skully’s frequently asked question section is that, if you get into an accident while wearing the Skully AR-1, your insurance carrier may cover you for the cost of your AR-1. They do suggest that you look into your insurance policy to see if your insurance plan covers for Customs Parts and Equipment (CPE) coverage.