Over the years, motorcycles have evolved tremendously. The sturdy, functional machines we have on the streets today are radically different from the first motorcycle that was introduced in 1885. However, technology seemed to forget an important accessory for motorcycle riders- the helmet. CrossHelmet hopes to change the status quo by blazing the trail for the next generation helmets. With novel technology such as sound control and 360-degree visibility, CrossHelmet proves that there could be so much more to the motorcycle helmet.
Design and technology
The CrossHelmet obviously looks sleek on the eye. But beyond its extremely pleasing aesthetics, there is nothing much to suggest that it is different from conventional helmets. Talk about not judging a book by its cover! Perhaps the most important feature of the helmet is the rear vision it provides for the rider. A high-definition rear-view camera projects a live feed onto a lens in the visor. Thus, riders are able to look back without taking their eyes off the front. In addition to the rear view camera, the wide-view visor allows the rider to see even more of the road and eliminates blind spots.
More than the 360-degree visibility, however, the smart helmet also displays GPS information, has Bluetooth connectivity, and comes with a music player. As you would expect from any smart device, you can control all these features via an app. If you are worried about how you’ll possibly enjoy playing music while riding, the speakers and built-in noise control system have you covered.
Riding information and information sharing
The CrossHelmet, through the app also provides vital information like weather updates, waypoints, distance to destination and projected time, etc. If you enjoy riding in packs, the CrossHelmet is ideal for your group. There’s a group talk feature that facilitates communication among group riders. Riders can freely share their locations, including photos and videos. The riders without a CrossHelmet would also have access to the shared information as long as they belong to the group.
The mobile app works on Android and iOS platforms. You can access the essential HUD features of the helmet through the touch panel. If you love riding with gloves, a capacitive sticker ensures you have no trouble accessing the panel. At full charge, the battery lasts 4-6 hours. As expected, the helmet would still perform its primary objective of protecting the rider’s head even when the battery is spent.
The CrossHelmet seamlessly combines safety and smart technology. The helmet has a similar build and comparable structural strength to helmets used by automotive racers. With variable thickness and other advanced features, the helmet is more than capable of withstanding strong physical impacts. The helmet comes with a proprietary Lithium Ceramic Battery (LCB). The company assures that the battery is risk-free i.e. there is no danger of smoke, fire, leakage, or explosion following a physical impact or thermal damage to the battery.
The CrossHelmet costs $1,799. While the price may seem expensive at first glance, the features offered make it worth considering. When you consider that a conventional helmet may cost as much as $800 to $1000, buying this smart helmet looks like the smart choice.