Heads-up display (HUD), is by no means new technology, it’s been around in rudimentary form since the mid-1970’s. The South African Air Force developed helmet-mounted sight that enabled their pilots to make bore attacks, without having to maneuver to the optimum firing position.
A lot has changed since then and the technology matured quite a bit. Currently the most popular use for HUD is in gaming, but one clever guy decided realized that there is a place for it inside a motorcycle helmet.
While some people cherish the fact that taking a motorcycle ride disconnects you from your otherwise ‘connected’ life, many of us have had to commute somewhere you’ve never been before and duct-taping a map to your tank isn’t the best solution. Motorcycle GPS’s units are often expensive and in my opinion distracting, because unless you rely the voice guidance alone, you’re still going to be looking down at wherever the unit is mounted which takes your attention away from where it should be – on the road.
On the topic of being distracted, how great would it be, if you could have a 360Â° view without having to move your head in any direction, or even look down at your mirrors?
Meet Skully, the brain-child of Marcus Weller, Chairman and CEO of Skully Helmets.
This is by no means your run-of-the-mill helmet. Besides the most essential part, that is, being an DOT/ECE Certified helmet, the Skully also provides you with an 180Â° rear view. Which means at any given stage you can see whats directly behind you and it covers your blind spots on either side. Skully comes with integrated GPS navigation which will guide you to your destination with easy. You also get integration with your smartphone, meaning you can send voice commands to it via Bluetooth.
I am most excited about the fact that Skully will also be accompanied by and open SDK (software development kit) which will allow programmers to write applications to interface with Skully.
Skully claims a battery life of 9 hours of continuous use and charging is easy using a standard micro-USB cable.
Here are some of the key features of the Skully
- Lightweight, aerodynamic shell
- 3D laser-cut foam for a perfect fit
- Fully adjustable flow-through ventilation
- Anti-fog, anti-scratch, anti-glare face shield
- Quick release chin strap and visor
- SKULLY SYNAPSE (TM) Heads Up Display system with voice control
- Visual GPS navigation
- 180 degree wide angle rear view camera
- Bluetooth connectivity to smartphone
- Internet connectivity via smartphone
Skully is still in the beta phase and you can even apply to be an beta-tester. For more information about his, and to read more about Skully, head on over to www.skullyhelmets.com.