6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

CNET News Video: Taking the Skully heads-up display helmet for a spin

About Video Transcript

CNET News Video: Taking the Skully heads-up display helmet for a spin

1:59 /

Trying to improve motorcycle safety by keeping riders' eyes on the road, Skully has developed a helmet that offers a Google Glass-like heads-up display. CNET's Sumi Das speaks with Skully founder Marcus Weller about the helmet's design while CNET's Seth Rosenblatt takes the helmet for a spin.

So, this is the Skully P1. This rear fin is sort of the core of our vertically integrated design in that this rear fin, not only does it reduce wind buffeting-- which helps the voice control work better-- but it also houses the electronics, as well as the 180-degree viewing angle rearview camera. A point in the rear fin is that it was really important to reduce the amount of wind buffeting in the helmet because that's a constant source of noise for riders. From a technology standpoint, it was very beneficial for us to do that. And why we took that part of the industrial design very seriously is that it helps our voice control work better. So, you'll see on the inside of the helmet that this is our optical architecture and this has an optical combiner. And that renders a heads-up display for the rider that floats about 15 feet away. And that-- in that virtual display, you'll see GPS navigation, as well as a persistent rearview camera feed that sees 180-degree view panorama behind the rider. So, what we wanted to do is to make a heads-up display optical solution that would allow us to ride with our visor up and still see the heads-up display. And that's how we ultimately drove towards the solution of creating an optical combiner that will work for the devices up or down. Looking at this as a completely vertically integrated system where you'll optimize certain elements to the helmet that may have gone neglected in the last three decades of traditional helmet R&D.
  • This is the interactive sidebar!

    Click any icon for more information as they appear--don't worry, we'll pause the video and wait for you to come back.

  • Links Polls Galleries
  • Video Review

New releases

On the road: Mercedes F 015
5:53 1 April 2015
Brian Cooley rides in the Mercedes F 015 self-driving concept vehicle and explains how we'll live with cars in the future.
Play video
New Microsoft Surface 3 cuts the price, keeps the killer keyboard
1:16 1 April 2015
The non-Pro version of the Microsoft Surface 3 is smaller and costs less, but uses an entry level processor.
Play video
Mega Tiny Corp's Zero G Nano Suction iPhone 6 case defies gravity
1:35 31 March 2015
This upcoming iPhone 6/6 Plus case incorporates NanoSuction material that emulates the adhesive qualities of gecko feet to stick to...
Play video
Playing Super Mario 64 in HD makes us want official Mario game remasters (Tomorrow Daily 152)
26:59 31 March 2015
On today's show, Ashley and Khail discuss NASA's wacky plan to give the moon its own tiny asteroid moon, one programmer's excellent...
Play video
Top 5: Affordable cars
3:47 31 March 2015
Brian Cooley runs down a list of the top five CNET-rated affordable cars.
Play video
Open up to LG's premium door-in-door fridge
2:29 31 March 2015
The LG LMXS30776S warrants consideration despite its 4000 price point.
Play video
Amazon takes on Angie's List with handymen for hire
2:56 31 March 2015
Pay for help around the house with Amazon Home Services, listen to high-def audio with Jay Z's Tidal, and stream Spotify for free on...
Play video
James Deane was born to drift
6:51 31 March 2015
In the world of drifting, James Deane is, despite his youth, one of the leading names. XCAR found out how he got into the sport and...
Play video