Skully Is The Ultimate Digital Helmet Startup
Our featured startup today is Skully, the ultimate digital helmet startup based in the Silicon Valley. For the motorcycle enthusiast, we know that choosing a correct helmet can be troublesome. Most of the time, the helmet either does not feel comfortable, does not look to appealing, or simply lacks protection and functions. Skully is changing that. Skully as an emerging startup puts high tech technology in the helmet that will not only ensure maximum protection but also provide you with the best digital needs.
Skully Helmets is pioneering advanced Augmented Reality technology solutions for the head protection industry. Founded in Silicon Valley in 2013, Skully’s human-centered approach to engineering has led to Skully AR-1, the first vertically integrated smart HUD motorcycle helmet for consumers. Skully’s award-winning Synapse™ technology platform enhances awareness of its users by linking advanced optics to an intelligent network of cameras, sensors, and microprocessors. Skully Helmets is a privately held company with strategic partnerships spanning the world’s leading motorcycle, technology, and optics companies.
What features do Skully have?
Skully has many features that will make this startup the first and game changing motorcycle gear startup. While still equipped with all the standard safety features the Department of Transportation requires, the helmet also includes a host of Android-powered technology — technology like a rear-facing 180-degree camera, GPS navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a compass, and a rechargeable battery. All of this gets projected non-obtrusively on the visor of the helmet, and can be controlled completely hands-free thanks to voice recognition software. According to the demo, a little digital screen will appear on the bottom right of your helmet screen. Most automobiles now a day have built in GPS system, bluetooth and all the handy items, but motorcyclist always had a hard time finding the right equipment that will provide all of those. Skully not only makes your riding experience easier, but also help increase safety for motorcyclist by implementing a rear view camera in the helmet. This allows you to fully control your ride. Here is a full list of their features as listed on their website.
SYNAPSE(TM) INTEGRATED HEADS UP DISPLAY.
Welcome to the new era of motorcycle helmets. With Synapse(TM) integrated Heads-Up Display (HUD), Skully provides you with an advanced situational awareness system, showing navigation and blind spot data, allowing you to stay focused on the most important part of your ride – the road.
180 DEGREE REAR VIEW CAMERA
Skully AR-1 has a patented integrated rear view camera system with a 180 degree viewing angle. Similar to the way our maps are displayed in front of the rider, the rear view camera feeds video to the HUD to provide you with complete situational awareness. The Skully AR-1 watches your back (and sides) so you can enjoy the ride.
Life is too short to retread the same steps. With Skully Nav the world is your track. No need to plan your route or to pull over for directions. Just ride. When you are ready, Skully will show you the way back with HUD GPS maps.
Introducing Bluetooth pairing and voice control for Skully helmets. Pair your phone to the helmet, and unlock the connectivity potential of your mobile device while riding. The Skully AR-1 allows you to control the interface with your voice. You can control your music, send texts, make calls, and change your destination all hands-free. Never before has riding been so connected.
- Lightweight, aerodynamic shell
- 3D laser-cut foam for a perfect fit
- Fully adjustable flow-through ventilation
- Anti-fog, anti-scratch, anti-glare face shield
- Quick release chin strap and visor
- SKULLY SYNAPSE (TM) Heads Up Display system with voice control
- Visual GPS navigation
- 180 degree wide angle rearview camera
- Bluetooth connectivity to smartphone
- Internet connectivity via smartphone
Get a Skully?
As of now, the startup is only accepting beta tester, you can sign up for beta testing directly on their website by clicking on the link below. The startup claims that they have a highly mass amount of applications, so only a few will be selected. Skully does however, claim that they will release the official version out to retail sometime in 2014.
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