Skully P-1 helmet packs a heads-up show, rear-dealing with digital camera and Android to maintain motorcyclists protected
Motorbike helmets are a easy security measure — they maintain your noggin protected from objects and falls that might in any other case do it hurt. However what in case your helmet might assist forestall you from moving into an accident within the first place? Marcus Weller, founding father of Skully, requested simply that query, and the reply he got here up with is the P-1 helmet. It is a mind bucket that packs a one hundred eighty-diploma FOV rear-dealing with digital camera and a micro-controller operating a custom-made model of Android to ship navigation and video info to a customized-constructed HUD (just like Google Glass). And, it takes voice instructions in order that riders can see the place they are going or what’s behind them, all in palms-free trend. To offer such performance, the P-1 has a fin mounted atop the DOT-authorised helmet that homes the aforementioned hardware, plus GPS, Bluetooth, an accelerometer, gyro, compass and a chargeable battery. The plan is for the P-1 to turn out to be out there for buy subsequent spring in matte black or gloss white, and it will be marketed as an extremely-premium helmet (translation: anticipate it to value over $1,000).
Skully is at present nonetheless within the strategy of creating apps for the factor, however there might be a handful of finely tuned software program out there at launch. We will say for positive meaning the P-1 will present wearers with navigation and the power to view the digital camera feed, with maybe an SOS perform (ought to the helmet sense an accident) and different apps to return. The corporate might be opening up the platform in order that third events can code for it as properly. We obtained to talk with Weller concerning the course of of manufacturing the P-1, so be a part of us after the break for extra.
Because it seems, the thought for the Skully P-1 was born on the streets of Barcelona. Weller was dwelling within the Spanish metropolis a pair years in the past and had the misfortune of stepping into an accident on his motorbike whereas he was looking for street indicators to seek out his approach — that distraction stored him from seeing the automotive that did him in. Fortunately, he wasn’t significantly injured, and that have gave him a second of readability: what if his helmet gave him instructions so he might maintain his eyes on the street? Upon returning to the US, he determined to construct simply that.
The primary P-1 prototype was primarily a show that used wi-fi HDMI and an exterior cell phone to energy it. Whereas it labored as a proof-of-idea, Weller shortly found that such an answer did not work so nicely in a driving setting, and so he determined to create a customized Android construct higher suited to the restrictions of the HUD. He additionally determined to place all the required hardware in the helmet so it might perform as a standalone, offline platform. Throughout this course of, Weller and his engineers developed some customized code to flatten out the fisheye video feed from the digital camera (to make it simpler to view on the HUD), and crafted a navigation app and auditory interface optimized for driving. Additionally they designed and engineered the form of the fin that homes all the hardware to assist remove ambient noise, thereby enhancing the voice management UX.
Whereas the P-1 is constructed to work with no knowledge connection, the system has been designed to pair up with a smartphone in order that it may give riders actual-time visitors updates. And the helmet retrieves software program updates by way of WiFi. Usually talking, the helmet’s been designed in order that its function set could be expanded and improved over the lengthy haul, and will not be constricted by the bounds of its constructed-in hardware.
We obtained to take a look at the helmet for ourselves, and talking from a place of relative ignorance (yours really has by no means been a lot of a two-wheeled fanatic), we will see how the P-1 could be a boon for motorcyclists. Granted the prototype we tried on wasn’t operating the navigation app, nevertheless it did stream video from the rear digital camera, and the system labored nicely. The HUD show is mounted on a ball joint, so adjusting it was straightforward peasy. It is situated within the decrease proper hand nook of the wearers FOV, a place we discovered to be comparatively unobtrusive, permitting us to go searching with out being distracted.
Scanning the room behind us was fairly straightforward as properly, as small changes to the lean of our head allowed us to see what we needed. The show itself carried out nicely, notably when the helmet’s tinted visor was pulled down. The image did wash out a bit in brilliant mild, however Weller knowledgeable us that his staff’s received some IP that’ll let the HUD routinely regulate to ambient mild to enhance viewability in such circumstances. In fact, standing nonetheless on a showroom flooring is totally different from rocketing down the street on a Ducati, however it appears that evidently Skully’s heading in the right direction to make driving two-wheeled transportation a safer and extra pleasurable endeavor.