The now-defunct Skully head-up-display helmet has been surpassed by the even higher-tech Nand Logic Smart Helmet.
Although this helmet is not yet designed for motorcycling, Nand Logic has just announced they will make a version for motorcycles on the same platform. At the moment, it is only intended for cycling, skateboarding and snowboarding.
The prototype Smart Helmet includes HD video cameras facing front and rear, an accelerometer, gyroscope, thermometer, ambient light sensor, humidity sensor, Bluetooth and GPS. All electronics are run by an onboard multicore SoC (system on a chip).
The GPS and Bluetooth system work in the usual way, but there is so much more.
The thermometer and humidity sensors activate an internal fan when the going gets too hot.
The ambient microphones monitor wind noise and produce a reverse sound wave to cancel out background noise, like Bose noise-cancelling headphones. That would protect riders’ hearing. It also alerts the rider if it detects an emergency siren or horn.
All of these features would be very handy in any motorcycle helmets, so long as they don’t add too much weight or compromise the structural integrity in a crash.
But not all features would be suitable on a motorcycle helmet.
For example, it has an ambient light sensor that determines when it’s time to switch on the built-in LED headlights. Not really necessary on a bike with a hard-wired headlight!
And we’re not so sure about the alternative use for the GPS that – together with the accelerometer and gyroscope – automatically activates built-in indicators for turns and a brake light when slowing down.
Nand Logic has a Kickstarter campaign to raise finds for production mid-2015 with the target price under US$500.