We've seen Android thrown into plenty of things over the last few years: ovens, refrigerators, set-top boxes, TVs, and a lot more. While some of those ideas are worth pursuing, there are certain ideas that just make sense. The Skully AR-1 motorcycle helmet is one of those ideas.
To describe it over-simplistically, it's a smart helmet. But if you drop all the buzzword garbage and actually take a closer look, you can see that it's much more. It's a tool to keep riders safer, not just something to simplify one's life. That said, it does simplify riders' lives, as well.
Essentially, the face shield is a transparent heads-up display, capable of showing GPS and notifications on-the-fly. That in itself is a huge step forward for motorcyclists, because using GPS on a bike isn't the easiest of tasks – especially while wearing a full-faced helmet.
But to me, all that is the icing on the cake. The biggest benefit of Skully is its rear-facing camera. Of all the things a motorcyclist needs to stay safe, I think this one is the most beneficial.
There's still plenty of progress to be made here, too. Since the AR-1 runs Android, the company will be able to easily push updates and bring new functionality to its helmets as time goes on.
Of course, all that tech comes at a price. If you want to secure a Skully for yourself, it'll set you back a whopping $1400. That's a pretty steep price, but apparently not too steep – Skully not only passed its Indiegogo goal, but more than doubled it within an hour of the campaign's launch. That's pretty insane.
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