Jarvish has now secured more than enough crowd funding to launch their X and X-AR smart helmets, adding a Tron version with LED strips.
Their smart helmet will include a host of technology such as head-up display, cameras, Bluetooth intercom and GPS all with voice-only control through Siri, Amazon Alexa and OK Google.
The Taiwanese company launched a Kickstarter campaign last year, securing $420,000 in funding.
The full-featured X-AR is being offered at $US1099 (about $A1550) compared with the retail price after the campaign of $US1599 ($A2260). It is scheduled for delivery in September 2019.
The “budget” X version without HUD and the rear camera costs $US499 (about $A700) for early bird backers compared with the retail price of $US699 ($A990). Delivery is planned for April 2019.
Shipping will be free in the UK and US, but $US100 (about $A135) elsewhere.
Jarvish have now switched to an Indiegogo campaign for further funding and announced that supporters who ordered the helmet can switch the special Tron version for an extra $US100 ($A140).
The Tron helmet’s micro-draw LED strips can be turned on via voice command attract more attention at night and make the rider even safer.
Those who ordered on Kickstarter can upgrade to the Tron when they select their helmet size.
Tron comes with a waterproof helmet bag and extra one-year warranty.
New customers can buy the X Tron for $599, or the X-AR Tron for $1199 on the Indiegogo page.
The helmet features front and rear 1080p 360-degree cameras, Bluetooth audio, active noise cancelling to reduce wind noise, a drop-down HUD screen, and integrated satellite navigation.
A range of those features has been promised in other smart helmets, but none promises all of them.
There are other points of difference:
- The cameras will not only record video on 16 GB of internal storage plus a 256GB card slot but the rear camera can also be used as a rear view mirror;
- Its head-up display screen is voice-activated to retract and deploy so it isn’t in your face the whole time;
- Automated sensors turn the helmet on when you put it on and turns off when you remove the helmet;
- Gyro, e-compass, accelerometer and ambient light sensors analyse the weather and road conditions to provide real-time alerts;
- Access to Siri, Alexa and OK Google is voice activated without having to tap a button; and
- Wireless charging.
Jarvish promises to deliver
The Jarvish HUD promises to show “critical information” such as bike speed, local speed limit, time, weather, chance of rain, media, phone calls, fuel stops, compass, navigation, traffic alerts, and even “road slip notifications”.
That’s a lot of information available to overload the rider and possibly make the helmet very heavy.
However, voice activation means the rider can keep their eyes on the road and hands on the bars while control the cameras, make a call, adjust the volume, play music and more.
Even with all that technology and capability, the ECE and DOT-approved carbon helmets weigh only 14.kg for the X and 1.7kg for the X-AR.
Battery life will be six hours for the X. The extra tech in the X-AR will drain the military-grade solid-state flexible type lithium ceramic battery in four hours.
There is also an Android and iOS app that comes with the helmet to widen its capabilities.