Skully AR-1 smart motorcycle helmet smashes IndieGoGo goal [VIDEO]


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Ready to buy the one of the most technologically advanced motorcycle helmets you’ll ever see? Meet Skully AR-1, a smart motorcycle helmet that can make riding not only safer, but more fun and more involved. Skully features a heads-up display projected onto the visor of your helmet, giving you a look at a real-time feed of your rear thanks to a rear facing camera implanted in the thing.

The heads-up display can also show you information about the music you’re playing through the helmet’s integrated audio system, help you navigate to the nearest gas station or wherever it is you need to go, and more. Heck, you can even place a phone call with this thing — not that riders should be distracted by the mental encumbrance of a phone call, but at least you won’t have any reason to take your hand off the throttle should you need to.

Beyond all that, the helmet seems to be built well as an actual — erm — helmet. It’s DOT and ECE certified, meaning it’s deemed safe enough for road use and should be as effective at protecting your noggin as any viable motorcycle helmet can.

Ready for the price? $1399 is the cheapest you’d be able to get this thing if you live in the US, which isn’t quite that bad for a helmet that essentially doubles as a smartphone. Helmets typically range from $150 on the low-end to $3500 on the high-end, so take that for what you will before placing your bid.

skully tech specs

Those outside of the US will be asked to pay $200 more to cover shipping and other costs. There’s also a premium special edition option that comes with an autograph by the company’s CEO — whether or not the extra $600 that costs is worth it is up to you to decide. And for the really big ballers out there? Consider one of the limited prototype helmets, which gets you a special edition AR-1 one month early, plus an additional regular AR-1 helmet.

Don’t worry about the campaign failing because Skully has raised more than 200% of their $250,000 goal in under a day. That’s amazing considering there are no cheapo backer rewards — you either buy a helmet or go home. The campaign is scheduled to close September 9th, and should everything go according to plan (things often don’t) you can expect these to arrive starting May 2015. Let us know if any of you bikers will be opting to grab one of these bad boys by leaving a comment below.

[via IndieGoGo]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Want Want Want

  2. Yet there is not one clear link to the kickstarter project from your article. Thank you selfish author.

    1. Not sure why the title says KS but this campaign is actually on IndieGoGo and the link is above.

    2. How is there more than one upvote on this comment?

  3. How much is this thing? Very cool and all that tech and information in one place.

  4. Applied for beta testing, didn’t get, but after thinking about it not interested, hard enough to watch out for cagers without added distractions. PASS!
    Here is the link —

  5. Would it be weird if I just wore this around without a motorcycle?

    1. Nope

    2. The guys from Daft Punk would be all over this even if they aren’t motorcycle drivers.

    3. I’ll use it with my moped.

  6. while having over 10 years of riding experience… seeing as how it looks like an eyes down display and not an HUD. I’m curious to see how bad the eye strain would be since it looks like you have to take your eyes off the road to see whats happening behind you.

    1. its not so much the eye movement that strains your eyes, but monocular display that causes irritation.

      Moving your eyes to the bottom right section of you visor is not much different than looking to your mirrors. With that said, a true heads up display such as the one on Fusar’s Guardian, puts the image right above the road and seems to be a more intuitive display. Also, Livemap has got a good display technique, but only for nav.

  7. I’ll let someone else beta test that IndieGoGo funded brain bucket.

    1. To get an ECE certification, it will have to be tested.

  8. I’m going to go get some wheels just to use this (bicycle, roller blades, unicycle).

  9. If anyone is purchasing one and would love to help out, please use the referral link below!

    If you get 5 referrals that purchase, you will get a refund..
    If anyone else want to try and get it free, use my link , and then you can try and get some referrals…

  10. This would be an awesome helmet if it were made by Shoei or Aria

    1. If it were made by Shoei, it would cost $4000 for the base model.

  11. A heads up display of the music playing is NOT a safety feature. Anything that distracts the rider from the road and the traffic around him or her, is a bad idea. Is it less bad than trying to read the display on your smartphone while riding? Sure. But it’s still a bad idea.

  12. Let me know when they make an Iron Man suit.

  13. This thing cost more than I payed for my

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