Borderless Inc developed a helmet that provides a 360-degree view by using a camera embedded in its occipital part to take video and displaying the video on an HUD (head-up display) inside the visor.
Borderless has been pushing forward with the development project by using the "Indiegogo" crowdfunding system and exhibited the helmet at CES for mass-producing and releasing it. Currently, the company is building a volume production system, planning to start shipment in mid-2019.
In general, the rider of a motorbike sees rearward only by using a side mirror, and there is a 100° blind spot. So, the rider must directly sees rearward by turning his/her head after seeing the side mirror. As a result, the rider does not look forward while the motorbike travels about 10 meters, running a risk. Borderless claims that the new product can solve such a problem.
It developed a camera only for the helmet to realize a viewing angle of 170° and optimum colors.
In addition to the built-in camera and HUD, the helmet is equipped with a control board, rechargeable battery, BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) wireless function, GPS and speaker. The HUD is expected to provide not only a rear-view image but also navigation information (with arrows), weather information, etc. Moreover, the speaker enables to make a phone call and play music.
The price of the helmet is about $1,800. Expecting that it will be mainly sold in Europe and the U.S., where the scale of the motorbike market is large, the company plans to sell the product online.
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