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Jarvish X-AR carbon HUD helmet launches with cameras, comms and voice control

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Jarvish X-AR HUD smart helmet: could this be the one that finally get head-up displays into mainstream motorcycling?
Jarvish X-AR HUD smart helmet: could this be the one that finally get head-up displays into mainstream motorcycling?
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Jarvish X-AR HUD smart helmet: drop-down eyepiece adds an information overlay
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Jarvish X-AR HUD smart helmet: drop-down eyepiece adds an information overlay
Jarvish X-AR HUD smart helmet: full carbon shell keeps things as lightweight as possible with all those electronics on board
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Jarvish X-AR HUD smart helmet: full carbon shell keeps things as lightweight as possible with all those electronics on board
Jarvish X-AR HUD smart helmet: features an additional 1080p action camera in the back of the helmet
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Jarvish X-AR HUD smart helmet: features an additional 1080p action camera in the back of the helmet
Jarvish X-AR HUD smart helmet: could this be the one that finally get head-up displays into mainstream motorcycling?
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Jarvish X-AR HUD smart helmet: could this be the one that finally get head-up displays into mainstream motorcycling?
Jarvish X-AR HUD smart helmet: full carbon shells
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Jarvish X-AR HUD smart helmet: full carbon shells
Jarvish X-AR HUD smart helmet: we wouldn't be leaving it on the seat like that
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Jarvish X-AR HUD smart helmet: we wouldn't be leaving it on the seat like that
Jarvish X-AR HUD smart helmet: voice control, Bluetooth communications, action camera integration and a head-up display
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Jarvish X-AR HUD smart helmet: voice control, Bluetooth communications, action camera integration and a head-up display
Jarvish X smart helmet: entry level model skips the rear facing camera and HUD, but delivers full carbon, Bluetooth communications, a forward facing action cam and voice control
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Jarvish X smart helmet: entry level model skips the rear facing camera and HUD, but delivers full carbon, Bluetooth communications, a forward facing action cam and voice control
Jarvish X smart helmet: no external buttons to interfere with aerodynamics
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Jarvish X smart helmet: no external buttons to interfere with aerodynamics
Jarvish X smart helmet: battery lasts six hours
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Jarvish X smart helmet: battery lasts six hours

With a full carbon shell, twin 1080p cameras front and rear, Bluetooth audio, active noise cancelling, Alexa-powered voice control and a proper drop-down HUD screen, this Taiwanese smart helmet seems to tick a ton of boxes for an early bird Kickstarter pledge of US$899.

It's hard to say when the idea of a HUD motorcycle helmet first popped into the consciousness of the motorcycling world. Perhaps when we started seeing the hundred thousand-dollar beasts the Air Force gives its fighter pilots. Perhaps when we first saw Tony Stark talking to his Jarvis assistant through his Iron Man suit helmet, and looking at all sorts of information overlaid on the real world.

But the idea has been persistent, and nobody has nailed the execution yet. So an opportunity exists to be the first to really smash the AR smart helmet thing out of the park, and Taiwanese company Jarvish is warming up at bat.

Jarvish X-AR HUD smart helmet: drop-down eyepiece adds an information overlay
Jarvish X-AR HUD smart helmet: drop-down eyepiece adds an information overlay

As of today, its AR-X and X helmets are available for "launch special" pledges on Kickstarter: the AR-X for $899, and the lower spec non-HUD X model for $399.

Both models give you a full carbon full face shell, which looks like a nice enough design and keeps the weight down to an impressive 1,400 g (3.08 lb) for the X, and 1,750 g (3.75 lb) for the X-AR. These weights, mind you, are only impressive when you consider what's added in as standard.

The X gives you a full Bluetooth intercom and communications system, complete with microphone, ear speakers, and six hours' worth of battery. Jarvish says it incorporates active noise cancelling, but we're not sure whether that's just wind noise reduction on the mic so people can understand you at speed on a phone call, or whether it extends to actually phase-cancelling wind noise to keep the ride quiet inside your lid. We'll find out soon enough, there's a review unit on its way.

The X also incorporates a chin-mounted 1080p action camera with 16 GB of built-in storage and the facility to add MicroSD cards up to 256 GB. Everything is controlled either through an iOS/Android app, or via voice control by saying "Hi Jarvish" – you can use it to start streaming live video to social media channels, or make phone calls, or control things like headset volume. Jarvish is so confident in this voice control tech – which interfaces with Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant to answer more complex queries – that there are no external buttons on the lid to interfere with the aerodynamics.

Jarvish X smart helmet: battery lasts six hours
Jarvish X smart helmet: battery lasts six hours

Moving up to the X-AR gives you all of the above (minus two hours' worth of battery life) plus an additional rear camera, and the money shot: that augmented reality HUD, which retracts away when it's not wanted, and slides down into view over your left eye when you ask for it.

It's a portrait-oriented screen with a color display set so you don't have to focus on it to see it – you look straight through at the road as per normal. It shows battery level, time, video recording status, your speed (as measured by onboard GPS), compass, navigation prompts, media and incoming call information, weather information, plus an indicator of whether the helmet's listening to your commands or not. Here's what it looks like, in a refreshingly non-faked up video.

JARVISH X-AR HUD Screen Demo

It seems like a pretty complete package, particularly for $899. Jarvish says the helmets charge wirelessly, which will eliminate one fiddly aspect of high-tech helmet use, and they come with an "anti-fog film," although this appears to be a goop that's applied to the visor rather than a proper pinlock-style insert.

The shell, designed in co-operation with an unnamed German company, looks pretty good to us, with venting on the top and back to keep some air circulation going, and a lacquered carbon finish that'll never go out of style.

As always, the proof will be in the pudding. Jarvish expects to begin shipping the X model in August 2019, followed by the X-AR in September 2019. We should have a review unit of the X model in our hands by January.

Check out the pitch video below.

Source: Kickstarter

JARVISH: The Smartest Motorcycle Helmet Ever Made

With a full carbon shell, twin 1080p cameras front and rear, Bluetooth audio, active noise cancelling, Alexa-powered voice control and a proper drop-down HUD screen, this Taiwanese smart helmet seems to tick a ton of boxes for an early bird Kickstarter pledge of US$899.

It's hard to say when the idea of a HUD motorcycle helmet first popped into the consciousness of the motorcycling world. Perhaps when we started seeing the hundred thousand-dollar beasts the Air Force gives its fighter pilots. Perhaps when we first saw Tony Stark talking to his Jarvis assistant through his Iron Man suit helmet, and looking at all sorts of information overlaid on the real world.

But the idea has been persistent, and nobody has nailed the execution yet. So an opportunity exists to be the first to really smash the AR smart helmet thing out of the park, and Taiwanese company Jarvish is warming up at bat.

Jarvish X-AR HUD smart helmet: drop-down eyepiece adds an information overlay
Jarvish X-AR HUD smart helmet: drop-down eyepiece adds an information overlay

As of today, its AR-X and X helmets are available for "launch special" pledges on Kickstarter: the AR-X for $899, and the lower spec non-HUD X model for $399.

Both models give you a full carbon full face shell, which looks like a nice enough design and keeps the weight down to an impressive 1,400 g (3.08 lb) for the X, and 1,750 g (3.75 lb) for the X-AR. These weights, mind you, are only impressive when you consider what's added in as standard.

The X gives you a full Bluetooth intercom and communications system, complete with microphone, ear speakers, and six hours' worth of battery. Jarvish says it incorporates active noise cancelling, but we're not sure whether that's just wind noise reduction on the mic so people can understand you at speed on a phone call, or whether it extends to actually phase-cancelling wind noise to keep the ride quiet inside your lid. We'll find out soon enough, there's a review unit on its way.

The X also incorporates a chin-mounted 1080p action camera with 16 GB of built-in storage and the facility to add MicroSD cards up to 256 GB. Everything is controlled either through an iOS/Android app, or via voice control by saying "Hi Jarvish" – you can use it to start streaming live video to social media channels, or make phone calls, or control things like headset volume. Jarvish is so confident in this voice control tech – which interfaces with Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant to answer more complex queries – that there are no external buttons on the lid to interfere with the aerodynamics.

Jarvish X smart helmet: battery lasts six hours
Jarvish X smart helmet: battery lasts six hours

Moving up to the X-AR gives you all of the above (minus two hours' worth of battery life) plus an additional rear camera, and the money shot: that augmented reality HUD, which retracts away when it's not wanted, and slides down into view over your left eye when you ask for it.

It's a portrait-oriented screen with a color display set so you don't have to focus on it to see it – you look straight through at the road as per normal. It shows battery level, time, video recording status, your speed (as measured by onboard GPS), compass, navigation prompts, media and incoming call information, weather information, plus an indicator of whether the helmet's listening to your commands or not. Here's what it looks like, in a refreshingly non-faked up video.

JARVISH X-AR HUD Screen Demo

It seems like a pretty complete package, particularly for $899. Jarvish says the helmets charge wirelessly, which will eliminate one fiddly aspect of high-tech helmet use, and they come with an "anti-fog film," although this appears to be a goop that's applied to the visor rather than a proper pinlock-style insert.

The shell, designed in co-operation with an unnamed German company, looks pretty good to us, with venting on the top and back to keep some air circulation going, and a lacquered carbon finish that'll never go out of style.

As always, the proof will be in the pudding. Jarvish expects to begin shipping the X model in August 2019, followed by the X-AR in September 2019. We should have a review unit of the X model in our hands by January.

Check out the pitch video below.

Source: Kickstarter

JARVISH: The Smartest Motorcycle Helmet Ever Made

3 comments
guzmanchinky
Hmmm, I've been riding for 40 years and I can't imagine looking at anything except the road and other vehicles. But maybe I'm just old?
f8lee
Well, @guzman, to be fair many of us use GPS' which require the occasional looksee, and I'd wager you sometimes glance at your speedo to ensure you don't raise the ire of the local gendarmes, so what you say is not quite the case. That said, though, like the Skully (now in its second iteration!) this kind of thing seems a bit gimmicky. And 6 hours of battery life isn't enough for real tour riders; I often outride the life of my Sena 30K battery at 9 hours.
guzmanchinky
f8lee I rarely look down at the speedo, after 40 years I know almost exactly how fast I'm going. And I guess I'm just more interested in the road than a GPS, which I'll pull out when I stop to see which squiggly line to chase next. I don't know if a heads up display is too distracting. Maybe, maybe not.