Helmet with Camera, integrated GPS and Two Speakers
Smart Motorcycle Helmet with Camera, integrated GPS and Two Speakers
The field of motorcycle helmets is getting more interesting. More and more technologies and materials are used that reduce helmets’ weight while improving their level of safety and the protection of the rider.
The MK1 Smart Helmet is one of them that comes to us from the Australian startup Forcite: a helmet full of gadgets and designed to make the life of the rider easier with respect to the environment that surrounds him.
Wherever you look at it, the MK1 Smart Helmet is full of devices that will attract the attention of those who want to combine technology and safety. It is equipped with a front camera that can record the surroundings thanks to its 166 degree fisheye lens. The camera is HD, has a resolution of 1080 pixels and records at 30 frames per second. It is strategically located and protected in the chin area. In Spain, its use to record on the street would not be allowed by the Organic Law on Data Protection.
It also has an audio and communication system (microphone included for intercom) with bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. The first includes two speakers on each side of the head that are placed inside the helmet. Through them you can listen to music, receive phone calls and listen to navigation instructions.
Although this helmet does not have a display to see the GPS indications through a map, in addition to the audio with the navigation it has a system of colored LED lights that guides the user. The light is located at the bottom of the visor inside the helmet, just in front of the nose (we do not know if this location could disturb us while we are riding).
Each color means something different: The green color tells us if we have to go to the right or to the left, the orange that we should be careful at that moment, with the blue we can find bad weather and a combination of the red and blue color means the proximity of police. All these colors appear flashing and serve as a complement to acoustic warnings. So we wonder if these light signals could be more distracting than helpful.
In addition to all this technology, the helmet has up to eight vents that promote air flow, something that is even more appreciated in summer. It also has a rear spoiler that improves aerodynamics. It has an antibacterial lining that is removable and washable, something that is normal in most of today’s helmets.
Forcite, a Sydney startup founded by two industrial engineers in 2013, has managed to receive financial support of around 2.5 million euros to develop these helmets. They promise a technology that helps the motorcyclist and complements their safety, but will we really get to see these helmets? Will they work properly or are they dead paper from a company that promises gold and moor, but in the end will be left alone in one idea?
Check out also the NMoto Golden Age, which is the new project by Alexander Niznik.