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Skully AR-1 campaign extended by 30 days

The crowdfunding campaign for the Skully AR-1 smart motocycle helmet has been extended by 30 days.

The campaign originally started on August 10. Now backers have another month to pledge their money.

Funding will cease on October 9.

The Skully AR-1 is the world’s most advanced motorcycle helmet. It features a heads-up display, rearview camera, and GPS navigation. In other words, it packs smartphone smarts into a helmet that’ll protect you should the unthinkable happen and you crash.

The heads-up display shows critical information like how fast you’re going, but crucially it doesn’t distract you, so you can keep your eyes on the road.

The view from the wide-angle rear camera appears in a box in the corner, so you can see at a glance what’s behind you without turning your head.

It also has GPS navigation, and again, it doesn’t obscure your view. Turn directions are discreet, with no maps to try and take in.

It’ll tell you when you’re low on petrol, and let you take calls hands-free over Bluetooth. You can even stream music, if you want a soundtrack to your ride.

More excitingly, it has the potential to have its own ecosystem, with an open software development kit (SDK) that lets third parties make apps for it. 

Of course, all this tech aside, it’s a very capable motorcycle helmet too. It has the DOT/ECE safety certification, and the visor is anti-fog, anti-scratch, and anti-glare.

You can pledge however much you like on its
Indiegogo page
, though if you want an actual helmet, you’ll have to pony up $1,399 (£867). It’s expected to ship in May next year.

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