New Jarvish Smart Helmets with HUD and Camera
Technology is ever evolving and the helmets of tomorrow look like a beautiful thing
Buying a helmet is like buying a Suzuki VanVan—it's basic, straight to the point, there's no fluff or fancy technology, and it's easy to maintain. A good helmet has a sturdy outer shell, comfortable interior padding, a protective visor, and should provide optimal protection against impacts. No fluff. Anything more you might have wanted on your helmet, say a microphone or a camera, pretty much had to be retrofitted. Until now. A Taiwanese company is coming up with the BMW S1000RR of helmets with a pair of all-included shells.
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Jarvish has no small ambition—the Taiwan-based firm claims it will introduce the world's smartest helmet ever made. So what makes their helmet the smartest in the world? First off, the company is launching two models, the entry-level X and more advanced X-AR. Both have an exterior shell made out of carbon fiber, for a blacked out look, and meet the ECE 22.05 standards. Vents on the top of the head and on the chin provide air circulation.
So far, the X and X-AR sound like pretty standard helmets but wait, it gets better. The X is equipped with a built-in 2K front camera and speaker/microphone set. The enhancer X-AR adds a voice-activated, retractable head-up display (HUD) unit and a backup camera. And in case you need some company on your travels or want to hear a cheeky joke, the helmet can even be connected with Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, or Google Assistant. The HUD displays such information as speed traveled, speed limit for the area, time, weather, and GPS instructions, as well as caller information, should someone be trying to reach you.
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The helmets are expected to have a battery life of roughly four hours. They receive a 16GB removable memory card that can be upgraded up to 256GB. They also feature Bluetooth and WiFi capability. That's starting to get pretty smart. Next step, it will make you breakfast!
The two Jarvish helmet models are expected to become available in 2019. Pricing should start around £500 (about US$660) for the X and at £1,000 (US$1,320) for the X-AR.