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Smart motorbike helmet provides 360-degree view

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By Mayuko Uno

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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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.

So, instead, the rider is looking at the display for ten meters. All this new 'Smart-Tech' is only as smart as the people using it. This will do nothing to stop idiot riders speeding up the inside lane or weaving through traffic. It will also do nothing to increase driver awareness of motorcycles. It's a funky concept, but I don't think it's very 'Smart'.

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as one of those idiot riders who lane splits my biggest concern is people eating lunch , on phones sending msg, people checking reports and all the other lack of attention cage drives partake in . Bikers have no protection from idiots disengaged from actually driving.

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Erm, I'm working on something like that (for a different reason) but for £16 (2,258 Yen) you get a small wide-angle video camera + a very long video cable + 11 cm screen. Keeping it all water-proof is not beyond the ken of man.

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