As you cruise down the highway on your motorcycle, haven’t you ever wished that you could check out maps and important information without having to pull over to the side of the road and read an actual map or check your smartphone? Well, “the world’s smartest motorcycle helmet”, the Skully AR-1 is about to become a reality, bringing you a heads-up display (HUD), GPS navigation and a rearview camera to help you become more aware of your surroundings.
The Skully may just be the first motorcycle helmet that can project transparent displays onto your line of sight while riding your bike. But why would you even need this kind of gadget you ask? Well for one, it is equipped with GPS navigation and can be of great help when you’re in an unfamiliar place or you’re trying to find a specific location. The wide-angle rear view camera gives you a situational awareness that you do not experience with an ordinary bike helmet.
The helmet itself is lightweight and water-resistant and has an anti-fog, anti-glare and anti-scratch visor. It can be connected to your smartphone as well through Bluetooth and you’ll be able to access the Internet through it as well. Developers can also create apps for it through Skully Synapse, an open SDK program. It can also allow you to make hands-free calls and stream music from your phone to your helmet.
Although some of the features sound pretty distracting and dangerous if you’re actually on the road, it apparently has a safety certification from the DOT/ECE. The project is still up on crowd-funding site IndieGoGo although they have already reached 311% of their target, with 29 days left to go. Beta-testing has been ongoing for selected participants and if you would like to pre-order the Skully, you can visit their website.