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

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

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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.
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