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Forcite Helmets launches AI-powered motorbike ‘smart helmet’ Featured

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Smart helmet maker Forcite Helmets has launched an AI-powered motorbike smart helmet — Forcite MK1 — designed by a Sydney-based designer, which monitors motorbike riders and which the company says “knows everything on the road”.

The young Sydney industrial designer — Alfred Boyadgis — who is chief executive and founder of Forcite, designed the helmet after shattering his kneecap in three places in an accident.

Forcite says the smart helmet is fully certified for road use, “turns safety on its head”, is “packed with AI” and “learns more about your riding style every time you wear the helmet”.

“From the instant you put it on, thousands of data points gathered from multiple sources are collated and tailored individually to you, your type of bike, your GPS location and the prevailing weather, traffic and road conditions.

“These trillions of bytes of information are updated every millisecond of your ride, and delivered to you from the backend server, to the App on your phone, and then to your Forcite helmet at precisely the time you need it – which is before an event happens.

“You’ll know where the police are. Know the road surface ahead. Know where to go and when to turn to avoid traffic. You’ll know where to park, where your mates are, and even which pub has Happy Hour. In short, you’ll know everything you need to know to be safe, stay safe and arrive home safely,” Forcite says.

Forcite says its patented Forcite helmet system, known as RAYDAR, combines the latest Formula 1 LED technology, audio interactivity, military-grade camera recording and a fingertip handle-bar controller into a smart, seamless and sensory rider experience – and “unlike others, the Forcite helmet doesn’t have a heads-up display”.

“HUDs are a dangerous distraction. They impede your vision and are hard to interpret, especially at speed”, says Boyadgis, “so we solved that.

“Just like the hi-tech steering wheels of F1 cars, the Forcite helmet gives you coloured visual cues that the brain responds to instantly. These signals appear as an array of coloured lights in a curved display in the chin section of the Forcite MK1 helmet. You quickly learn to trust them as they become second-nature to the way you respond to the road.

“For example, flashing green tells you to go left and right. Orange is caution. And flashing red and blue? Well, that would be potential police activity around the next corner.

“Better still, your new Forcite MK1 helmet speaks to you at the same time as it sends these messages, so you get total information awareness, without the overload.”

“It’s always on, always computing, but not a constant interruption,” says Jay Chow, Boyadgis co-founder and fellow designer. “I like to think of the helmet as your co-pilot."

Forcite says the audio experience doesn’t stop there, and you can “take phone calls, talk to your friends on the same journey, and listen to your tracks, thanks to the in-built microphone and dual-speaker VoIP operating system.

“The hi-resolution camera secreted at the lower front kicks into action the moment you put the helmet on, and can record for five continuous hours. Uniquely, it is angled at a 166° diagonal field of vision so that it captures images in all riding positions, including on naked bikes and super sports – plus you can crop, edit and share your ride footage via the Forcite app later on.”

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