Last December, we told you about the Skully “smart helmet.” Now you can pre-order one, for next season.
The Skully helmet offers GPS, heads-up display technology, a rear-view camera, Bluetooth integration to your smartphone and other gadgets – read more here. It’s been undergoing testing for months now, and yesterday the company offered their first models for sale on Indiegogo.
The cheapest helmet costs $1,400 for pre-orders in the US, $1,600 for international orders. Order one now, and you get an estimated delivery date of May 2015. There are package deals if you want to buy two helmets, and if you feel especially financially fit, you can drop $25,000 for a prototype and a production helmet.
Skully was hoping to raise $250,000 on Indiegogo by Sept 9. As of this morning, they had already raised over $800,000, so it looks like their project ought to be a financial success.
Check out the video below to see hipsters and CEOs and other motorcycle experts talk about the Skully.
[…] Last month, we told you about Skully’s pre-order option for their new AR-1 “smart helmet.” Now,they’re extending that offer. […]
It has never struck me as a particular nuisance to “look behind” or do a lane check as I ride. Nor have I EVER thought to myself, “Jeez I’d really like to answer my phone/make a call/read a text.” as I ride my motorcycle. Also the little display looks as if it intrudes into the field of vision a bit. Honestly there wasn’t one person on that video that made me think, “Oh if he/she likes it I better check it out.” Having said that I’m sure it will be the next required Starbucks table ornament with a particular demographic.
I’m with you on the lane checks. However, I could see the helmet benefiting someone who’s suffering from a neck injury or something.
I do think the ability to interface with a phone can be pretty useful, at times.
I think this helmet’s greatest downfall will be that once the visor gets a bit scratched up, I suspect it will be mucho expensive to replace. As someone who takes care of his visors and still needs to replace them regularly, I think the expense will get to riders.
Seems a tad rich for a helmet you won’t get to try on, until yours is sent out. Not being able to make sure the helmet that you bought fits doesn’t seem to be the safest option. Hopefully they’ll have a rather generous exchange programme.
That was one of my first thoughts. There’s all sorts of ballyhoo about how safe this helmet is, but all from people who have tried it on. Now, if they combined this with Bell’s new custom fit program, the expense might seem a little more justified.
And we need one because….?
Ask those hipsters and CEOs?