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Android motorcycle helmet open for pre-order

Dec 5, 2014 — by Eric Brown — 1,686 views

Skully announced a limited public pre-order round for its Android-based head-up display motorcycle helmet, available for $1,499 through Jan. 8.

The “world’s first augmented reality motorcycle helmet,” was a record-breaking $2.8 million Indiegogo success this summer, says Skully. (The frozen Indiegogo page shows a total of $2.44 million, but hey, it’s still a lot of money.) The helmets are shipping in May 2015, and beginning Monday, anyone can order the smart helmet, as long as you have $1,499 left in your holiday gift fund.

The pre-order campaign for the Skully AR-1 will be available from Dec. 8 to Jan. 8, 2015, with shipments due in July. Shoppers will receive a holiday card and a dog tag that will alert gift recipients their helmet is on the way, says Skully.

Skully AR-1 in black (left) and white
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The Skully AR-1 was considerably improved over the original Skully P1 design first unveiled in Oct. 2013. The high-tech motorcycle helmet features a head-up display (HUD) in the lower right corner that displays the video feed from a rear-view camera with a near 180 degree viewing angle. The adjustable camera’s wide viewing angle is claimed to remove blind spots.

180-degree rearview image in HUD display
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The transparent HUD display can toggle to either a simplified or comprehensive turn-by-turn, audio-enhanced navigation interface, and can also display vehicle telemetry from some motorcylces. The Skully AR-1 provides access to streaming music and additional navigation data from a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connected smartphone. Voice controls let you receive or make phone calls hands free.

Skully AR-1 detail view
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The weather resistant helmet is made of a lightweight polycarbonate shell. The DOT/ECE certified design also features a quick-release for the chinstrap and visor.
The helmet runs on a heavily modified version of Android 4.4. An “open SDK” updated via OTA is available for designing custom apps.

For more details, please see our earlier Skully AR-1 coverage.

Further information

The Skully AR-1 is available from Dec. 8 to Jan. 8 for $1,499. The supply is “limited,” says Skully. You can sign up for email notification of the pre-order launch at the Skully Store site. More information may be found at the Skully website.

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