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article image'Smartest' motorcycle helmet raises over $800,000 in one day

By Walter McDaniel     Aug 13, 2014 in Technology
Indiegogo campaigns rarely reach massive levels of funding. However the hi-tech Skully AR-1 motorcycle helmet has broken all expectations and is one of the most popular projects the site has ever seen.
Massive amounts of donations have come in for the project. Many believe that the Skully AR-1's heads-up display is the reason for this. Your visor gives you real-time information about your route and the conditions. Information constantly flashes in front of your face about where you need to turn and what the conditions are like up ahead. As you might expect it also has serious padding to protect your head and even a rear-view camera which lets you see approaching traffic.
Previous projects such as this were not successful, but since media names such as CNN picked the story up fans were scrambling over the project.
Skully is more of a computer suite than a helmet. Not only does it have an adjustable display with materials that add to focus it even has Bluetooth and internet. Users can even stream music or talk on the phone while riding. All of this comes with a helmet that is fog, scratch and glare resistant. Due to Android technology the device will also have apps.
So far the press around the project has been overwhelmingly positive. Only the possibility that this device could add to distracted driving could be a drawback. Motorcyclists are often hurt or killed in these incidents even if they were not the ones distracted.
Crowdfunding is a major market for motorcyclists. Another project known as the NUVIZ was successfully funded earlier at a lower value. Another project called the Motoped made over $300,000 for combining a motorcycle with a bike. Easy access to funds insures that more inventions than ever are coming out for cyclists.
As for the helmet itself it is well padded but is only about as safe as any other high-quality headpiece. For those who still want a helmet you can visit the link at the top or the Skully Website. Manufacturers will deliver the device in May 2015 and each model costs between $1,299 and $25,000. European customers can also order and have their maps added as well but no plans have set up for any areas outside of Europe, Canada and the Americas.
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