Skully announced today that production will begin on its new AR-1 (Augmented Reality) motorcycle helmet, which the company describes as the “first vertically integrated smart HUD helmet for consumers.” For 30 days, Skully will be taking pre-orders through Indiegogo, offering the AR-1 at an introductory launch price of $1399. Full retail price is listed at $1499 and the expected ship date is May 2015.
“We are beyond excited to begin production on what has become the most anticipated motorcycle helmet in history,” said Marcus Weller, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of SKULLY. “We are doing something so few companies have the opportunity to do… we are changing an industry and forcing the world to adapt. The AR-1 is our little dent in the universe. The AR-1 will introduce a new era in intelligent transportation by combining optics, intelligent vehicle systems and connectivity to deliver unprecedented levels of safety.”
Since the Skully
prototype started popping up at shows around the country in fall 2013, there’s been a lot of buzz around the lid. It won a DEMOgod award at DEMO Fall in Santa Clara, California, an emerging technologies conference, took a 2014 SXSW Accelerator award for Wearable Technology and made CNN’s Ten: Inventions list.
The transparent HUD (Heads-Up Display) is one of the defining features of the AR-1. A camera on the back of the helmet displays a 180-degree view of what’s behind and to either side of the rider, projecting the image onto a display that sits outside the rider’s primary field of view approximately 10-feet ahead. GPS navigation will be displayed as well, with two map versions available. In addition to the HUD, Skully helmets will have smartphone pairing capabilities and voice command control. Skully also plans to open a software development kit once the AR-1 hits the shelves to allow programmers to create apps specific to the helmet.
The AR-1 operates via rechargeable battery which has a claimed nine-hour life. A standard micro-USB cable is all that’s needed to bring the battery back to full charge.
Construction meets DOT and ECE safety standards, with the AR-1 sourcing a tri-composite fiberglass outer shell. The visor is removable and is anti-fog, anti-glare and scratch-resistant.
Head over to Skully’s website (www.skullysystems.com
) for more information on the helmet and to take advantage of the pre-order opportunity. Stay tuned to MotoUSA in the coming months as well for a full review of the AR-1.