For a lot of motorcyclists, their helmet is simply a safety precaution; a molded piece of plastic or fiberglass designed to protect the face and head in the event of a crash or collision. But some companies, and even individuals, have developed helmets that don’t just protect the rider, but have some serious high-tech wizardry in them that have raised the bar in regards to wearable tech. Here, we open the visor on four of them.
However keep in mind that Australia has rather strict laws regarding motorcycle helmets, specifically which ones you can legally use while riding a motorcycle. Please check the road-worthiness of these helmets before even considering buying one, or you may find yourself significantly out of pocket, without a helmet you can actually use.
Skully AR-1 – Arguably the world’s first smart helmet, the AR-1 represents some of the biggest advances in wearable tech the world has seen to date. Using technology similar to Google Glass, the helmet features a heads-up display that projects useful information in the rider’s line of sight, without obstructing or distracting from their view of the road. Also included is GPS navigation, and Bluetooth pairing for your phone (there’s an AR-1 app that allows your phone and your helmet to communicate with each other), a visor that can be tinted and un-tinted with the touch of a button, and hands-free phone calls.
Forcite – Ever wanted to be like Robocop? Well the Forcite helmet is the closest you’ll get without doing the whole cyborg thing. Designed by an Australian design student, the Forcite helmet comes with turn-by-turn voice navigation, and can link to the number-plate recognition system used by Australian police. It also has a radio frequency tuner that could potentially allow officers to contact hospitals, ambulances, and other emergency services.
Reevu– Aimed solely at solving the problem of rear visibility for motorcyclists, the Reevu helmet uses what is described only as “an optical device” to bend light around the shape of the head within the outer shell casing. This creates an image which is then projected onto the visor, providing the rider with a clear and complete view of the road behind them.
The Intelligent Cranium iC-R– Based around the premise of 360 degree vision for motorcyclists, the iC-R uses twin rear-facing cameras to project two heads up displays into the rider’s field of vision. These two displays provide 210 degrees of rear view, and completely eliminate blind spots. The helmet also has a built-in LiDAR sensor which can warn riders about potential rear-enders by flashing warning lights in the rider’s field of view. In order to allow the helmet to power all these electronics, the helmet has both a sizeable battery and a solar panel built in to the top of the helmet.