CES 2018: Skully AR smart helmets with heads-up display and rear-view camera are making a comeback

It will now be called Skully Fenix AR, and will be unlike any other helmet we've seen so far. What makes it special? For starters, there is a rear-view camera that displays a 180-degree view on a head-up display along with turn-by-turn navigation.

By:Published: January 15, 2018 4:16:45 PM

Skully smart helmets were a futuristic and promising idea back in 2016. They featured tech that was only restricted to cars so far. The name Skully will be new for most in India, hence a little backdrop. Skully Technologies raised nearly $2.5 million dollars in preorders for an augmented-reality motorcycle helmet, but the company folded in July of 2016 after the former CEO Marcus Weller refused to sign a confidentiality deal. Now, those who had previously subscribed to the Skully mailing list have received a letter, which was obtained by TechCrunch. It says that the Skully Technologies is indeed seeking to make a comeback. The new co-founders Ivan Contreras and Rafael Contreras say that the new brand is unrelated to the old company that went bust and want to ‘fulfil Skully’s destiny’.

“Although Skully Technologies has no formal obligation to the customers of the now defunct Skully, Inc., we recognize that hundreds of Skully helmet enthusiasts around the world have contributed to this product and were understandably disappointed that they never received one. We are determined to make this right,” the letter states.

It will now be called Skully Fenix AR, and will be unlike any other helmet we’ve seen so far. What makes it special? For starters, there is a rear-view camera that displays a 180-degree view on a head-up display along with turn-by-turn navigation.

Skully Fenix AR can also be paired with a smartphone through Bluetooth, and phone calls can be made through voice commands, along with playback of music. The Fenix AR helmet will be available for sale later this year for $1,899 (around Rs 1.2 lakh).

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