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Old 02-13-2019, 12:25 PM   #16
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I would personally be interested in a helmet with integrated camera and bluetooth, nothing more. Having cameras both front and rear would be nice, and ideally with a replaceable battery. This way you have a single integrated solution for dash cam, communication, music, etc. Only one thing to charge, no nubbins and cords poking out all over the place. I think the manufacturers could probably make this work with similar price and weight to a normal helmet with stuff tacked onto it. Maybe if they were smart they would allow some kind of return deposit for the electronics once the shell is crashed or reaches end of life.

Not only do I think HUD is just glitz for its own sake, I'm confused about how this is going to integrate to the bike in order to actually show useful information such as speed, tach, and fuel or odometer. The only one of these I actually feel the need to check on a regular basis while riding is MPH, which I don't find phone-based GPS to report reliably. Traffic court is not going to be convinced by the argument "my phone told my smart helmet I was going 55."
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Old 02-13-2019, 02:39 PM   #17
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Built in camera would be nice. I can see the HUD being a good idea for directions.
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Old 02-13-2019, 02:43 PM   #18
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So nice that folks can anticipate spending that kind of cash for a protective device with a limited lifetime.
3 to 5 years wearing and 7 years from date of manufacture is what most helmet manufacturers rate the life of their helmets.
Or one good solid drop or minor crash.

The tech is cool.
Too much for a limited lifetime though.
Check cell phone prices lately(not far from these numbers)? About the same life span or less for most people too.
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Old 02-13-2019, 02:59 PM   #19
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I agree that an integrated camera would be wonderful. I'd prefer it right above the visor, centered. I doubt it would have to add much bulk either.
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Check cell phone prices lately(not far from these numbers)? About the same life span or less for most people too.
I wouldn't expect most peoples phones to last anywhere *near* 3-5 years
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:16 PM   #20
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I'd prefer the camera lower in the chin bar to see the gauges, especially the tach
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:58 PM   #21
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So nice that folks can anticipate spending that kind of cash for a protective device with a limited lifetime.
3 to 5 years wearing and 7 years from date of manufacture is what most helmet manufacturers rate the life of their helmets.
Or one good solid drop or minor crash.

The tech is cool.
Too much for a limited lifetime though.
It's also cool that in CA your helmet is insured like your bike!
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Old 02-13-2019, 07:40 PM   #22
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AGV Pista, Arai Corsair, Shuberth SR2, etc are all knocking on the door of that price range (and their prices are largely cosmetically driven). Plus, it might even be cheaper if you factor in the cost of a standalone GPS, mount, comm unit, etc.
Although many of those helmets have a moderately/high price in solid colors, like you said, it's the graphics that drive the prices crazy.
I don't buy custom graphic helmets. I get very good helmets for under $500.

I agree that the GPS & comm unit add good value but they will be tossed with the helmet at end of life. Not moved to the next helmet.

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Check cell phone prices lately(not far from these numbers)? About the same life span or less for most people too.
Cell phone prices are crazy. I'd never buy a phone for more than $500.
I bought my Galaxy S5 new in 2015 and it is still serving me well.
I had a Motorola rugged flip phone before that that lasted 5 or 6 years.
I tend to hold my possessions for awhile and maintain them so they last.

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It's also cool that in CA your helmet is insured like your bike!
Yep, a very cool factoid.
I've, unfortunately, had the opportunity to utilize this coverage.
But I wouldn't like to crash at the 4 1/2 year period (just) to get the helmet replaced (before EOL).
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Old 02-16-2019, 06:53 PM   #23
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But I wouldn't like to crash at the 4 1/2 year period (just) to get the helmet replaced (before EOL).
There is no such thing as EOL for a helmet due to time. Helmets from the 1980/1990's that were DOT rated still pass DOT standards to this day.

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Old 02-18-2019, 03:19 PM   #25
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There is no such thing as EOL for a helmet due to time. Helmets from the 1980/1990's that were DOT rated still pass DOT standards to this day.

Not trying to start a barfgument or derail the thread, but as this runs entirely contrary to everything I have been taught in my riding career, could you substantiate your claim? My googlefu turned up a single peer-reviewed and published article on the topic which treats bicycle helmets only.

Everything else is admittedly folk-wisdom or direct from the manufacturer and thus subject to ulterior motives.
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Not a fan, but still a cool concept...plus this technology is probably going to spread to most of the major helmet companies as the future approaches anyway. So I guess at this point my main concerns would be what are the written guarantees concerning damages, defects, and warranty length? Separate warranties for tech and physical helmet damage or combined?
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