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post #1 of 16 Old 08-11-2014, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Just saw this article:

The Skully Smart Motorcycle Helmet Sharpens Your Senses On The Road | TechCrunch

Saw a few other threads mention the helmet a while back.

Concept is interesting, but how long have people been riding motorcycles without this technology? Now if there's a helmet that zaps drivers texting, I might consider it. Even for $1400.

Anyway, will be interesting to see how this helmet influences the industry, what key features are kept, and what garbage is dumped.

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post #2 of 16 Old 08-11-2014, 01:18 PM
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I seriously looked at this helmet, it sounded cool and useful. But, for the price, you can add in your own technology that has been proven to work. The rear looking camera is good, but so are your inexpensive mirrors. No doubt some tech lovers will lay down the $$$.
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WAY too expensive and I didn't see any safety certifications.
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The helmet pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth and has a battery life of up to nine hours, which Weller sees as the maximum time that anyone would (reasonably) spend on a motorcycle continuously.



9 hours? pfft!

Either he doesn't know his market, or I'm a masochist.
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Kelly2012 - the Skully AR1 will have DOT and ECE certification when it ships.

When I do the math on the pricing, it's actually not terrible deal as long as the helmet is good quality. Think of the price of a good quality helmet, plus a weatherproof GPS, plus a Bluetooth communications systems - and put it into one package. The thermochromic lens and the rear view cam just add even more cool to it.

If I had the cash kicking around at the moment, I'd have ordered one already. If things line up right this winter, I may just do so.

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The helmet pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth and has a battery life of up to nine hours, which Weller sees as the maximum time that anyone would (reasonably) spend on a motorcycle continuously.



9 hours? pfft!

Either he doesn't know his market, or I'm a masochist.
I foresee there being an option to run continuously from aux power as well as internal battery in the near future.

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I saw it last night. I will have one. This is way better than having to deal with external GPS, Sena Bluetooth, etc. I would hope since there are fewer loose parts things would last longer and be more weather proof.

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Idea is cool. I spent the last couple decades living on the technology edge, willing to put up with mega problems while things got worked out. I'm out of that phase. I will wait until the bugs get worked out, it becomes stable, develops a following with plenty of actual user feedback, and then make the determination whether I want one. Right now, it's just a mega-marketing product...and I've seen many of those falter after receiving their open-source or crowd-funding capital raising.

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Pretty [email protected]$$, but man, that's a high price point. I've already got a Shoei RF1100, Sena BT, and navigation on my phone, but if it came down a bit, I'd consider it down the line.

What I really like is the auto darkening face shield. Anything else like that currently out there?

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What I really like is the auto darkening face shield. Anything else like that currently out there?
Son has a Bell Carbon helmet with an auto-darkening (photochromatic) visor, that auto lightens & darkens. It doesn't have an on/off switch like the Skully seems to have, but he is very happy with the way it works.
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