Google is officially bringing the power of Android to automobiles through its Open Automotive Alliance and Android Auto, but what about those that like to hit the open road on their bikes? The Skully AR-1 is a motorcycle helmet that aims to bring the power of Android to your Harley, Indian or what-have-you.
This smart helmet brings you a heads-up display on your face shield that can not only show you useful notifications, but it can also provide GPS data and it can show you what’s going on behind you via an integrated rear-facing camera. There’s also a way to connect to your smartphone for getting online and for linking up your music. The idea is that the Skully AR-1 not only makes life easier, it can also be a great tool for safety as well.
Of course, great ideas like this often come with a few catches. First, the Skully AR-1 isn’t something you can pick up immediately, as it is currently gathering funding through Indiegogo. It’s become abundantly clear that this idea has merit, however, as the project has already nearly tripled its original goal of $250,000 with 30 days left in the campaign.
The other big catch is that early bird buyers will have to give up $1,400 for a Skully AR-1, and it is expected to cost $1500 when it becomes fully available through retailers. The team behind Skully estimates that the smart helmet will start shipping in May of 2015. For more details, be sure to hit up Skully’s website and their Indiegogo campaign.