As awesome as riding is, it does come with its limitations. There is a lot more at stake while on a bike and riding requires a considerable amount of focus; much more than is required while driving. Constantly looking down to your GPS, gauges or mirrors can take your eyes off of the road in front of you. Since the majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by motorists taking sudden left turns in front of bikes, cutting them off and causing the biker to Superman over-top of their car; keeping your eyes on the road ahead is very beneficial.
This is where the Heads-Up Display (HUD) comes in. If you’ve ever seen a fighter jet’s display, you know what I’m talking about. The idea may seem like a gimmick but if you really think about it, it’s brilliant. Giving riders information right in front of their face that they would otherwise have to look elsewhere for has a variety of benefits, some of which could be life saving.
There are currently two companies leading the way for motorcycle HUD’s: Skully and Nuviz. The real difference between the two is that Skully is a full helmet while Nuviz is a module that attaches to any full-face helmet. The two are also in different price brackets which might help if you can’t afford a $1000+ helmet.
Skully is a full-face helmet with a variety of cool built-in gadgets that will make you feel like James Bond. The helmet itself looks alright… To me, it looks a bit bulky, but I guess that is to be expected with their list of features:
SYNAPSE(TM) INTEGRATED HEADS UP DISPLAY.
Welcome to the new era of motorcycle helmets. With Synapse(TM) integrated Heads-Up Display (HUD), Skully provides you with an advanced situational awareness system, showing navigation and blind spot data, allowing you to stay focused on the most important part of your ride – the road.
180 DEGREE REAR VIEW CAMERA
Skully AR-1 has a patented integrated rear view camera system with a 180 degree viewing angle. Similar to the way our maps are displayed in front of the rider, the rear view camera feeds video to the HUD to provide you with complete situational awareness. The Skully AR-1 watches your back (and sides) so you can enjoy the ride.
Life is too short to retread the same steps. With Skully Nav the world is your track. No need to plan your route or to pull over for directions. Just ride. When you are ready, Skully will show you the way back with HUD GPS maps.
Introducing Bluetooth pairing and voice control for Skully helmets. Pair your phone to the helmet, and unlock the connectivity potential of your mobile device while riding. The Skully AR-1 allows you to control the interface with your voice. You can control your music, send texts, make calls, and change your destination all hands-free. Never before has riding been so connected.
- Lightweight, aerodynamic shell
- 3D laser-cut foam for a perfect fit
- Fully adjustable flow-through ventilation
- Anti-fog, anti-scratch, anti-glare face shield
- Quick release chin strap and visor
- SKULLY SYNAPSE (TM) Heads Up Display system with voice control
- Visual GPS navigation
- 180 degree wide angle rearview camera
- Bluetooth connectivity to smartphone
- Internet connectivity via smartphone
Although; the helmet has not been officially released yet, it is supposed to be at some point this year. No official price has come out as of yet, but it is rumored to be somewhere in the $1200 range. Check out Skully at: http://www.skullyhelmets.com/
Although Nuviz does not have as many features as Skully, to some it may be more appealing. I like this one because I can keep the helmet I have, which I like the look of. Another reason why Nuviz might be the better option is the price-tag – while Skully is rumored to be $1200 or more, Nuviz comes in at less than half of that: $499 on their Kickstarter page right now.
In terms of features of the Nuviz vs. Skully, you really are only losing the rear-view camera. Otherwise Nuviz has the same features:
Check out Nuviz’s website here: http://www.ridenuviz.com/index.html
So who’s the winner?
Initially I preferred Skully by far but Nuviz isn’t without its charm and I’ve actually come around. I don’t like the look of Skully so it really comes down to weather I’d rather have a bulky, ugly helmet or an electronic giant mole on my mask… I feel like I would rarely use the rear-view camera on Skully; therefore, everything I would use, Nuviz has. And with Nuviz ringing in at less than half the price of Skully, I think it is the clear winner.
this post first appeared on Man Institute.