Smart technology is everywhere around us. It is in our homes, our offices, our cars, our children’s bedrooms, even in our pets’ toys. So it is hardly surprising that we now also have smart motorcycle helmets with augmented reality features. One of the pioneers of this advancement is Jarvish, a Hong Kong-based company, founded by a group of motorcycle enthusiasts and members of the former Advance Technology Division (ATD) team at Foxconn.
What is Jarvish?
With a mission to improve the safety and experience for riders, this enthusiastic team has launched its X-Series smart motorcycle helmets. Jarvish X-Series includes two helmets: X and X-AR, and they both come with some really cool features.
First of all, both are voice-activated only. What this means is, the users can control the cameras, make calls, play music, adjust volume, etc. without using their fingers. This adds to safety as they can keep their focus on the road. Riders can connect with voice services like Apple’s Siri, OK Google, or Amazon Alexa.
Speaking of cameras, the smart helmet allows you to record your trips in FHD video using the built-in front 2K camera and removable 16GB memory cards, with slots that can hold up to 256GB. If you want to broadcast your journey in real-time, you can do so by connecting to your social media account using voice-commands. Worried about the sound? Don’t be. The Jarvish design includes a noise-reduction microphone as standard. The app lets you download your videos to your smartphone and personal cloud server. Listening to music has never been better, with high-grade built-in HD surround-sound speakers.
Some of the things in which X-AR differs from X include the optical waveguide technology on the augmented reality (AR) HUD (also voice-controlled), for users who like to have visual instructions. Moreover, the X-AR has additional features such as displaying directions, traffic and weather notifications, speed, road signs, incoming caller IDs, and indicators. Additionally, it has a 360 visibility feature provided by 2K rear-view camera.
Jarvish battery and price
By now, you’re probably wondering about the battery. The X-AR battery will give you four hours, while the X model will provide over six hours of continuous use. Wireless charging (pad sold separately) is possible with both and can utilize micro-USB to charge up to 80% in just 90 minutes.
The Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign launched on November 27, 2018. This is where you can make a pledge of $899 for Jarvish X-AR, or $399 for Jarvish X.
YouTube: Smart Motorcycle Riding with Jarvish AR Helmet
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