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Sep 19th 2019, 09:12 AM   #1
 
  Aug 2019
  Seattle

  2014 BMW F800GT
A Primer On Smart Helmets: Where We Stand Today & Where We’re Going

A Primer On Smart Helmets: Where We Stand Today & Where We’re Going
https://www.webbikeworld.com/a-primer-on-smart-helmets/

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Motorcycle technology continues to change and innovate – and so does gear technology, specifically helmets. Modern helmets are safer, more comfortable, easier to use and enjoy, and more versatile than ever before, but there are more innovations coming. Enter the smart helmet.
There's far more in the actual article. Towards the bottom of the page, there are specific comments on several helmets and where the future might lead.

Chris
Sep 19th 2019, 10:29 AM   #2
 Parilla125's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

I like them. A built in camera front and rear would be great. Maybe with the option to transfer vid to a phone using bluetooth.
I bought a custom fitted Bell a number of years ago and it has been the best helmet I have owned. I said that about my Arai before that, but I digress. I am not sure I would give up the comfort and quality just to get a couple camera's built into a 'generic' helmet, but I would consider it if it fit good.
As long as there are not too many distractions in the HUD it might be ok, but I worry that too much 'stuff' in any helmet will create more problems.
Sep 19th 2019, 10:48 AM   #3
 
  Aug 2019
  Seattle

  2014 BMW F800GT
I like the concept, but I'm not sure one is in my future for my remaining riding years.

I have a Shoei Neotec. It's a few years old, but after washing the liner, it feels like new. I also have a Sena 10C Pro, BT and camera. Between it and my GPS, I get all the advantages they were mentioning like GPS directions, music, phone support, even text messaging. The camera function on the Sena 10C Pro can also function as a "dash cam", even though I have a HaloCam M1 dash cam installed.

So what I'm "missing" is a HUD and rear brake lights. I'm not sure the first would do anything for me, and I definitely don't want the latter.

The idea of a HUD is fine, but I'd rather pay attention to the road itself and the traffic around me. I have rear view mirrors...but I'm still going to turn my head to check before changing lanes. Would a HUD change that? No.

And as for brake lights, I'm definitely against it. This is non-intuitive, but works. When I first started commuting on I-5 12 years ago, I would lightly apply my brakes to warn the driver behind me that I was slowing down. They showed their appreciation for that extra warning by tailgating me.

Then I noticed that if I only used engine braking and stayed off the brakes, they would back way off. Why? Because they reacted just like any of us do when following a car with non-functioning brake lights. You back off because you don't want to be responsible for rear-ending the car. And if you're lucky, you leave enough room that someone else will slip in and have the responsibility for figuring out if that car without brake lights is slowing down or stopping. It works.

Chris
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Sep 19th 2019, 12:02 PM   #4
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  Apr 2016
  Molalla

  2007 Aprilia Tuono Factory, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
Sure the tech is awesome and everyone wants a fancy lid. But at what real cost? $1500? $2000? $2500? Just like every other endeavor we choose to do, the tech increases as well as the price. If ya wanna play, ya gotta pay.

For me, cynical freak that I am, I think it's just a cash grab. Why are they pricing the average rider right out of the sport/endeavor? What if a person decides to go the 2-wheeled route to save money and help the environment, etc, but is priced right out of that decision by gear manufacturers who price their shit right outta said well-intentioned riders' budget? Just sayin... feel free to crucify me now..
Sep 19th 2019, 12:32 PM   #5
 
  Aug 2019
  Seattle

  2014 BMW F800GT
I think what you're seeing is a need for the manufacturers to keep improving, or close down business. If they don't keep differentiating themselves from the competition, helmets become a commodity item.

Look back in ancient history and you'll see the PC was a unique item. The IBM XT was about $3500 I think when it came out. Then clones came at about a quarter of the price. For awhile, PCs were able to generate some high costs, but now...they are a commodity item. A laptop is a laptop is a laptop, no matter who makes it. There's little difference in them...and the price is cheap.

Cars were the same way. Manufacturers put things like DVD entertainment systems in them to get soccer moms to buy their mini-vans instead of the competitors model. Now they all have it. I'm not sure what you can do to the modern car to make it perform much better...or to make it different than the other guy's car. So you go to the add-ons.

It shouldn't take rocket science to develop a helmet that has good air flow, no protruding edges to generate noise and a shape that fits the average person. I suspect you can find inexpensive helmets that provide all that without going to the expense of an Arai or Shoei. When you get down to it, what you have is a shell with Styrofoam padding and a liner to get it to fit your head comfortably.

So how do helmet manufacturers get new sales? By convincing you that you need this new feature. And if they don't offer it, but the other guy does...sales will go in that direction.

I could easily see myself keeping my existing helmet till I quit riding. At 67, I could see myself riding for another 10 years...or maybe till next week. Health changes can happen without warning. So far, I'm blessed and have good health. As long as my Shoei Neotec seems good, I'll keep it.
Sep 19th 2019, 01:38 PM   #6
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  Apr 2016
  Molalla

  2007 Aprilia Tuono Factory, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
How do they get more sales? Hmm...maybe get more riders. Get more riders to consider safe helmets to ride with. Affordable helmets to ride with. $1000 lids seem to be the norm nowadays. It's cyclical. Kinda like money. Encourage, incentive-ize ridership. Punish, and I mean PUNISH cagers who crash into riders. Make getting a drivers license difficult to obtain, don't just give them away. Whatever happened to the "driving is a privilege, not a right" adage? We shamed everyone into wearing seatbelts, then they up the price of cars cuz now they're "safer". But ya can't fix stupid. I aint sayin riders aren't at fault for their own demise most of the time, but come on. Safe, affordable gear + education = more riders.
Sep 19th 2019, 03:20 PM   #7
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  Mar 2019
  oregon

Meh...

You guys wanna see a new high tech, breaking the mold, maybe claiming to be the safest helmet on the market, check out the 6D.

And then I love what Damon Motorcycles is doing...
Sep 21st 2019, 07:10 AM   #8
 Riki5156's Avatar
 
  Jun 2018
  LaCenter Washington

  83 Suzuki GS 1100E
Like Daboo I’m 67 been riding 47 years now with standard helmets from Bell and Shoei. In that time the only change for me has been to take my wife’s cellphone in case I had to make an emergency call. I have a tank bag with a clear pouch for my map which I use for directions. I watch a lot of videos where helmet cams are used which is great if you’re either a Vlogger or paranoid about traffic. I’m neither. Technology will continue to improve with time. Inevitable. But for me anyway I like the sound of the road the wind and the bike all three combined into a symphony of relaxation that makes up a good ride.
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Sep 21st 2019, 08:53 AM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Dang! I thought some of you were younger riders! There are a lot of old farts, including me, on here!
From a 'loose' observation I would say probably 30% of the riders at work have camera's, but there may be some I have not observed.
If I have a camera I want one that is not a big chunk of 'stuff' stuck on the helmet, or one I have to think about. At this point I do not post any videos, and have no plans to start, but who knows?
While it would be nice to have the footage in a crash situation to see what went wrong, in reality I have only had one wreck on the street in a whole lotta miles. And I know how that happened. LOTS of close calls, but that is normal riding with comatose or distracted cagers for the most part and staying alert to avoid them.
Not sure a camera will be in my future now that I am thinking about it.
Sep 21st 2019, 10:37 AM   #10
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  Jun 2018
  LaCenter Washington

  83 Suzuki GS 1100E
If you don’t know about him already there is a guy on you tube named windy urtnowski on the east coast that rides and videos every day it doesn’t rain. 74 years old ex roadracer has a nice collection of bikes.
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