The Composite Motorcycle Helmet that Talks to You

The Composite Motorcycle Helmet that Talks to You

Imagine tooling down the interstate on your motorcycle and hearing what sounds like voices in your head talking to you about traffic and weather conditions. 

You are either having an incredibly stressful day or you are wearing a carbon fiber motorcycle helmet equipped with Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant. Feel free to keep that information to yourself.

Believe it or not, the virtual personal assistant craze has now made its way to the biker lifestyle. Thanks to some innovative thinking and a willingness to push the envelope, a company is known as Jarvish is getting ready to introduce a brand-new motorcycle helmet that should be available sometime in 2019. Its embedded virtual assistant can do many of the same things on the road it now does at home.

A LIGHTWEIGHT HELMET

The Jarvish helmet starts as a carbon fiber helmet so designed to accommodate the electronics without adding so much weight as to make it unwearable. As an added bonus, carbon fiber is incredibly strong and durable. It makes for a better and safer helmet, whether smart or not.

Source: Jarvish
 

Buyers will have one of two models to choose from. The X is the base model fitted with voice activation and support for one of the virtual personal assistants from Amazon, Google, and Apple. The higher end model is the X-AR. It costs more than three times as much as the X, but it also comes with a heads-up display capable of assisting the rider with everything from turn-by-turn directions to current speed display.

HELMET FUNCTIONALITY

Both models will offer some pretty impressive voice-activated functionality. For example, the rider can simply ask about traffic conditions and wait for his or her personal assistant to speak the answer. The helmets can be connected to a rider's cell phone as well, making it possible to play music stored on the phone through speakers in the helmet.

As an added bonus, both models are also fitted with a front-facing camera capable of capturing video and photos on-the-fly. Recording video during a trip could prove invaluable in the event of an accident. Captured video footage makes it a lot easier to determine exactly what happened.

The X-AR also has a rear-mounted camera. This camera can act like a review mirror by projecting the image it captures on the helmet's heads-up display. Think of it as similar to the backup camera on a car; the difference here being that the rear camera can be activated at any time. Urban riders are going to love this feature.

IT'S BATTERY-POWERED

All the technology built into the helmets will be powered by batteries with an average life of six hours for the X and four hours for the X-AR. The need for on-board batteries was another reason Jarvish elected to go with carbon fiber as the base material. Adding the batteries to a standard plastic helmet would have made the finished product too heavy and cumbersome.

One last thing to note about the two helmets is their aesthetic appeal. All the stunning technology aside, it is hard to argue that a carbon fiber motorcycle helmet with a futuristic profile looks downright awesome. Where the motorcycle was the center of attention in the past, people are going to be staring at this helmet instead.

Thanks to carbon fiber and some amazing electronics, the bikers of tomorrow will be wearing helmets that talk to them. No, you are not having a nervous breakdown. You're wearing a helmet with a personal assistant giving you directions, telling you about the weather, and making dinner reservations on-the-fly.