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post #1 of 11 Old 08-26-2014, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Now this is cool.


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Only $1400 on pre- order. Supposed to be released in a couple of weeks.

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Very cool.
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Helmet

It reminds me of an old SiFi movie that was about a Motocross guy that, somehow, got transported back in time to the old west. He was from the future, and had a helmet something like this.
Wish I could remember the name of that movie.

Now combine that helmet with one of the new electric / battery powered bikes....??? Hmmm!

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That movie was called Timerider. It came out in the early '80's and starred a young Fred Ward.



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post #6 of 11 Old 08-28-2014, 10:19 AM
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That's very cool, i thought it was a lot of money when i paid 600 for my Shoei Modular helmet. I don't think I'll be spending 1400 on one! As with all technology, hopefully they will get cheaper as time goes on. You would need a heavy chain on it so no one would steal it , lol
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Watched this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMWfPv2n84c

A significant and great flaw appears to me (in the video): The REAR-VIEW image is the REVERSE of what one would see in a rear-view mirror . . . Maybe the aspect is switchable, but . . . the image appears as though it came from a rear-facing camera on the helmet. Presented to a forward-facing rider, left and right are reversed from what a conventional rear-view mirror would show.

Or am I all turned-around and confused?

I'll try to be more lucid: You pass a roadside object on your RIGHT. When the object appears in a conventional rear-view mirror, it appears on the right. With the Skully, as shown, it appears on the LEFT, as you would see it if you're facing rearward . . .
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Looks great! I wouldn't be an early adopter (because I can't afford it)...but in 10 years this could be the standard. I like some of the luddite comments (on youtube) about how "distracting" or "unsafe" it is! Please, air to air combat is one of the most attention demanding life or death things you can do and HUDs have been standard forever.

Anyway, HUD in a helmet to display key info w/o a head turn or eye glance off the road is a huge benefit.
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Looks great! I wouldn't be an early adopter (because I can't afford it)...but in 10 years this could be the standard. I like some of the luddite comments (on youtube) about how "distracting" or "unsafe" it is! Please, air to air combat is one of the most attention demanding life or death things you can do and HUDs have been standard forever.

Anyway, HUD in a helmet to display key info w/o a head turn or eye glance off the road is a huge benefit.

Actually, my thought was that I don't want my GPS or most any other display to be in my field of vision all the time. I would probably find myself distracted more than I do now, when I have to intentionally divert my attention to it. If it was always in my field of view, I would probably focus on the HUD instead of the road. You know how sometimes kids are watching TV and they don't notice anything else in the room? You can talk to them, walk in front of them, etc., and all they see is the TV? That's what I think would happen to me.

I would also say HUD in air to air combat is less distracting precisely BECAUSE it is extremely attention demanding. A HUD in a less demanding application will be more likely to distract from the task at hand.



I'm not against this tech as an option, but for me personally I don't think it would be a very good tool, even if price was equal to normal helmets. I would probably disable everything but the rear view, and even then I would hope it can be customized as to when it is activated.

The other nice thing would be the integrated audio, but I'm sensitive to noise, and have not ever found a helmet quiet enough that I could use helmet speakers without making the audio painfully loud. I use foam earplugs, cut a hole through the center, and stick them on earbuds.
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It's pretty neat, but definitely not for me. I ride a motorcycle: I don't pilot a TIE Fighter.

Plus, for some reason the name bugs me; maybe some association with The X Files or something.....



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