Smart Motorcycle Helmets Debut
- Jarvish releases two new motorcycle helmets
- Connectivity enables new features
- Built-in cameras, head-up display, noise cancellation offered
- Two versions priced at $699 and $1,599
Smart motorcycle helmets have been in development for years, and a young company called Jarvish just released two new ones at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Along with Bluetooth, noise cancellation and WiFi, theses full-face Jarvish X and X-AR helmets offer a 2K front camera to help make the riding experience more enjoyable and safer.
Both new Jarvish helmets can connect via voice to Apple’s Siri and OK Google, which allows riders to control the camera, make a call, adjust volume or play music without taking their eyes off the road.
The Jarvish X, at $699, includes built-in HD surround sound speakers, a noise-reduction microphone and 2K front camera as standard. Trips can be recorded on a 16GB (or optional 256GB optional) memory card that is stored in the helmet. Get this: Via voice commands, riders can arrange to have their video broadcast in real-time on their social media accounts.
Augmented reality head-up display
The Jarvish X-AR, at $1,599, ups the ante with an augmented reality-powered head-up display (HUD) and a rear-facing camera that gives riders a 360-degree view of their current riding environment. Current speed, along with turn-by-turn directions, incoming calls and the feed from the rearview camera are displayed inside the helmet. Also, via the Jarvish app, riders can input a destination by voice and receive audio directions to that location.
Jeremy Lu, CEO of Jarvish, said: “The X and X-AR have been designed to enhance the motorcycling experience with smart features that mean a rider can focus on the road ahead without any distraction. Police officers in Taiwan are already wearing the first generation of Jarvish smart helmet while on duty to record their journeys, gather evidence and connect with police central command.
Continued Lu: “By combining the ultimate rider benefits with a stylish, lightweight all-in-one helmet, our latest models do not replace the need for smart, safe riding, but will offer a more enjoyable experience for motorcyclists who love their technology as much as the journey.”
A Kickstarter campaign for the Jarvish X-Series models began November 27, with a goal of raising $50,000. In the first week, however, the crowdsourcing fund raised $200,000. This indicates a strong demand for smart motorcycle helmets, and it’s highly likely that their scope will go beyond two wheels and into the world of auto racing.
Lastly, it’s important to note that Jarvish is not alone in making a smart motorcycle helmet. The Skully Fenix AR ($1,899) is a DOT-approved motorcycle helmet that integrates a rearview camera, a head-up display and in-helmet turn-by-turn navigation, along with connected audio and smart voice controls.