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Motorcycle ‘smart helmets’ have heads-up-display, smartphone connectivity

Compatible with iPhone and Android, the Skully OS is based on a flexible Android mobile development platform.



SANTA CLARA, CA—Silicon Valley-based Skully Helmets enhance rider awareness with an intelligent Heads-up Display (HUD) system.

The on-board system runs a full 180-degree rearview camera, turn-by-turn GPS navigation, smartphone pairing and voice control.

The company plans to unveil the helmet at DEMO FALL 2013 in Santa Clara, Calif.

“For riders, awareness is crucial,” said Marcus Weller, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO of Skully Helmets. “We designed the Skully P1 to operate as a natural extension of the senses. It sees, it hears, it feels, and, most importantly, it thinks and connects you with the rest of the world. This is just the beginning for this platform.”

Skully Helmets will include:

  • Skully Synapse: A Heads-Up Display (HUD) system that integrates critical information such as turn-by-turn GPS navigation, sensor data and live rearview camera feed within the rider’s line of sight.
  • 180-Degree Rearview Camera: Using the latest in panoramic wide-angle camera technology, Skully’s rearview camera system captures the full rear-facing panorama, including complete side-to-side visibility. This ultra-wide angle view is sent to the HUD so riders always see their blind spots without breaking their forward line of sight.
  • Skully Operating System: The Skully OS can make phone calls, ask for directions, play music and communicate with their smartphones all via voice control. Compatible with iPhone and Android, the Skully OS is based on a flexible Android mobile development platform. There are even plans to release an SDK for developers later this year.

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