We’ve been talking about smart helmets for a few years now – but up to this point, no one has quite managed to get it right. But we’ve just been sent details from a new smart helmet manufacturer called Jarvish.
The Taiwanese company looks to be well on its way, and is preparing to introduce two new smart helmets for 2019. The first lower-spec model, is its $799 (£606) Jarvish X – which comes with voice activation and support for Siri, Google Assistant and Alexa. It’ll also let you ask for directions and weather reports, as well as control media playing on their smartphone.
But it’s the new Jarvish X-AR that we’re really excited about. Admittedly, it’s not cheap (at all) with prices starting from $2,599 – around £1972 – but it’s well equipped, with voice controls, a retractable heads-up display system and a 2k front-facing camera for capturing video and photos.
That’s not all. The Jarvish X-AR also comes with a camera on its back, which works like a rearview mirror through the helmets heads-up display.
Interestingly, both helmets have been constructed from carbon fibre, to attempt to offset the weight of the battery which powers the hi-tech equipment that’s built in. Talking about batteries, Jarvish says the X will last for more than six hours, while the X-AR should have plenty of life for four hours riding.
Both helmets will initially be available via Kickstarter (the X in January and the X-AR in the second half of 2019) at discounted rates. If you’re interested in finding out more, or getting your hands on one of the first smart helmets from Jarvish, click HERE.