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Skully AR-1

Those of us driving cars may complain about the motorcycles on the road, buzzing about like gnats with ominous intentions. But if you think about it, those on two-wheelers have more cause to be afraid of us. We car drivers are the ones in the solid metal cage; all they have are thick clothing and an enclosed helmet.

Wouldn’t it be better for motorcyclists--and everyone else they share the road with--if they could see, literally, from the back of their heads? Maybe it will stop them from weaving so much. A US-based start-up called Skully has invented the answer to this question. Its invention, the AR-1 motorcycle helmet, has recently cleared the crowdfunding stage and is now available for preorder.

What makes the AR-1 so special is the amount of tech crammed into it. First is a heads-up display integrated into the fog-, scratch- and glare-resistant visor. This is connected to an ultra wide-angle rearview camera that lets the rider see behind him/her. The HUD was designed not to obstruct the rider’s vision, by being positioned outside the primary field of view. The video feed simply appears to float in the distance.

GPS navigation is also built-in, so directions can appear on the HUD while the rider is moving. And there’s Bluetooth connectivity so the AR-1 wearer can connect a mobile phone and answer calls on the go. The Bluetooth connection can also be configured to stream music.

All this tech doesn’t come at the cost of safety. The AR-1 has undergone extensive road testing, and is certified by the required US agencies.

If you want one, you can order a Skully AR-1 from its official website. The first batch of 25 helmets have been sold out. For international buyers, the next batch can be had for $1,599 (P70,000), and if you order now it will arrive by May 2015.

 

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Dinzo Tabamo
Executive Editor
Dinzo has been fascinated with cars since he was 12 years old, when he picked up a car magazine in his cousin's bedroom. It is a passion that never waned.
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