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Encephalon aims to pack ‘all the electronics’ into one helmet

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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.

And it’s doing all this within an aerodynamic shell that will leave the rider  looking like a cross between Rossi in his AGV Pista and an H.R. Giger sketch.

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

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Review: Pando Moto Boss jeans are the most comfortable we’ve ever ridden in

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Everyone makes abrasive-reinforced denim these days, but Pando Moto are quietly changing the game.

We’ve written about Pando Moto before here on MF. Back in January we were impressed by the quality of their offering – seen only through their catalogue – and their direction that seemed to be ‘making motorcycle clothing for real people’.

But is that promise kept all the way through to riding with them on the bike?

(Pando Moto wanted us to check out the quality of their new jeans, they sent us a new pair to wear – and keep.)

The first thing that grabbed us about the Pando Moto denim on the Boss Black jeans that we were sent, was the stretchy’ness of the denim. For those people who like to wear their slim-fit denim on the bike, but find the cut of most of them unable to keep up with the demands of fast riding, the freedom of movement offered by both the tailoring and the extremely stretchy 13oz denim was a huge benefit.

Armour is provided by knee inserts from Knox and there are hip inserts available too (although you’ll have to buy those yourself – they’re not provided in the box).

With a myriad fabric choice now being available in the ‘abrasion resistant’ arena, the comfort of knowing that your legs are going to protected by good, reliable DuPont Kevlar can’t be understated and – although thankfully we can’t vouch for their strength within a crash – the furry, yellow fabric is positioned in all of the right places and we’re certain that it’ll keep our skin happier than just wearing denim on its own.

There’s no denying that Kevlar is hot however, so whilst the slim-fit of the denim might be welcome, the lack of airflow and warmth from the kevlar next to your skin will mean that you’ll find yourself with a sweaty set of pins by the time you’ve reached your destination.

But whilst the skinny fit might make you a slave to fashion, the little details of the jean show that Pando Moto have thought things through with more focus than most; the one feature that impressed us more than perhaps it should have with the Pando Moto Boss jeans was the clever little reflective strip on the inside seam of the bottom of the legs… When you turnover the jeans – as our little legs AND fashion dictate is a must – that reflective ribbon provides a fantastic extra nod to safety.

We’ve spent just a few days riding in the Pando Moto jeans now, but we honestly haven’t ridden with a more comfortable, more pleasing pair of motorcycle denim than these.

Thoroughly recommended.

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Dainese’s 3D custom leather configurator is ridiculously brilliant!

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You too can design the best – or most hideous – custom leathers available.

If you were wondering why the quantity of articles on Motofire has recently slowed to a snail’s pace, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s to do with the fact that we’ve put the site up for sale.

BUT if we’re being honest, the last couple of day’s worth of articles didn’t get published because we were too busy messing about with Dainese’s new custom works configurator for their race leathers.

Seriously, go and take a look, it’s brilliant… And you can pretty much alter every component of your race suit.

Accessible via the website, the brand-new 3D configurator allows each motorcyclist to completely personalise their leather suit, jacket or pants in real time, with a simple, set of interactive toggles and widgets.

You can even upload logos and words.

Once it’s all done, you then just need to make an appointment with your local Dainese custom works centre who will then take your measurements and get you on the way to one-off Dainese suit heaven.

OR you could get the design we produced made in honour of Motofire and you’ll be well on your way to the Milan catwalks!

Source: Dainese

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