Skully's Android-powered smart motorcycle helmet goes up for pre-order

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  1. Jeffrey

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    If you take your motorbike rides seriously enough to want a smart heads-up display in your helmet, you can now do something about it. Skully has just launched a crowdfunding campaign for its Android-powered head protector, now named the AR-1; plunk down $1,399 and you should be one of the first to get the wearable when it ships in May 2015. That's both a lot of money and a long time to wait, but Skully is betting that you'll like the data you get while on the road. As promised, the helmet projects navigation, a rear camera view and riding info on your visor. Voice commands let you keep a grip on the handlebars, and smartphone pairing gets the headgear online. The price goes up to $1,499 if you wait until launch to make a purchase, so you may want to commit early if you're determined to augment your two-wheeled adventures.


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    The down side is being a Full Face vs Modular like my Nolan 104.
    Full face is fine on the track, but on the road where 100 things
    are now a handicapped annoyance, it lost my vote.

    Shoving a sandwich threw full face shield will be special sauce night mare.

    I was on the testing list when first offerd, before knowing the full face design limits.
    If I want to eat, drink, talk clearly to someone next to me, or at checkout, or at the stoplight-
    Only modular makes that possible.
    Or end up screaming in your helmet at the light, because you're not jerking helmet off now.

    I fully wrote Skully about the limits, maybe a modular is in the future.
    Granted the features are cool, and options to make a modular similar
    Surely is not impossible.
     
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    Skully is vaporware imho. They never had the promised beta. Very limited demo's to select friendly people. Was supposed to ship fully this summer, now next spring. See lots of PR but no product. Crowd sourcing was never part of the original plan. They clearly have money issues. There are other more promising options that are add ons to existing helmets so you can move it to your next helmet. Most of us only keep helmets for three years tops so the cost of a Skully doesn't add up.
     
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    Right - with all the gadgets out there from Bluetooth wireless stereo to GPS, Radar, phone alerts, Google glass of some form can do rear view.

    Rear view at night cruising on Scoot, where veh has passed me at 100, barely missed when changing lanes.
    One may have had a heads up of the attack a few seconds in advance.
     
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