Intelligent lighting, image processing with front and rear cameras, noise cancellation, bluetooth, indicators, light and IMU sensors…
It’s a bold statement. And one that we’ve heard before… Remember Skully? But the Encephalon from Nand Logic aims to be all things to all riders when it launches its crowdfunding campaign in the next few months.
The lid itself has already been previewed at CES in 2015 – as you can see on the video – but it’s taken another two years of revisions to get to the state where it’s ready for public consumption (or if it’s being crowdfunded, we would assume production).
This is what Nand Logic have to say about the product on their website,
“We believe a “Smart Helmet” should provide the user with “Augmented Intelligence.” A “Smart Helmet” should allow the user to perform high-level cognitive tasks such as cycling, snowboarding, or skateboarding; while it performs low-level functions that support those tasks. These functions can include noise reduction, signaling, managing communication links, and processing environmental data.
A “Smart Helmet” should enhance “Situational Awareness” by presenting pertinent information in a clear and simple manner. Our “Smart Helmet” accomplishes this by monitoring it’s internal and external environment and alerting the user and other motorists of pertinent information when it is available.”
The retail price is expected to be around $1000 USD when it hits the crowdfunding websites, but it will be both DOT and ECE approved, which means that riders on both sides of the Atlantic will be able to take advantage of the carbon-fibre, tech-laden lid.
With the bad press surrounding the very public failure of Augmented Reality / HUD helmet Skully, it’s perhaps been a wise move to keep this helmet under wraps for a while. But we’ve seen products promise all things to everybody before and with an electrochromatic visor, in-built climate-control system, automatic GPS and rider collision detection, embedded LED lights, accelerometers and gyroscopic sensors, there is a lot of technology for a new company to the market to perfect.
One thing is for sure, regardless of Nand Logic’s final delivery, these ‘smart helmets’ are coming, and somebody has to be first.
Source: Motorbike Writer