Bell Helmets plans to integrate a 360-degree action camera in one of its helmets which would get around the legality issues of attaching a camera to a helmet.
The Bell Star will incorporate the 360 Fly action camera which boasts a field of view that is 360 degrees horizontally and 240 degrees vertically. It is claimed to be the widest viewing camera in the world.
The camera has two-hour battery life and features Bluetooth and Wi-Fi so riders can live-stream video and transfer files to a computer.
It also has a GPS sensor to tag locations, plus a barometer/altimeter and accelerometer to provide more information for the video.
They say it will also alert the rider of an impeding collision outside their field of vision, but they haven’t indicated how this system works yet.
Meanwhile, incorporating the camera in the top of the helmet as part of its construction would certainly bypass the current curly issue in Australia of riders being fined in Victoria and NSW for attaching cameras to their helmets.
The new Bell helmet was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and will be available at the end of this year, but there is no word yet on cost.