Those who have examined a smart motorcycle helmet can second the fact that they usually are absurdly overpriced. I put a listing of the best ones last July collectively, and the most reasonable one was the Sena Cavalry helmet at $349. Now, that’s pricey considering we can’t actually proclaim this a genuine “smart helmet.” It’s an everyday half helmet with an integrated Sena communicator. Begin scoring right smart features, and you will notice prices increase well above the thousand dollar milestone.
I know fellow motorists will claim that safety has no charge, but this is not like purchasing a high-end Shoei; which ordinarily requires somewhere between $400 and $800. Smart helmets currently cost around the same as AGV Valentino Rossi designs; which are solely bought by pro riders and street showoffs.
Where is the affordable, real smart helmet? EcoCell USA has designed one by the name of PLY, and it assures some great peculiarities for as low as $399 on Kickstarter.
What is the PLY all about? For beginners, it does guarantee safety first. The design has withstood lots of testing, including austere drop tests (you can watch the video on the Kickstarter page). Not to mention the fact that is has been given DOT and ECE 22.05 certifications.
Now that you understand this accomplice will have your head guarded, it’s time to determine what it has to give over the normal helmets on the market. Of course, it has Bluetooth access. This implies you can listen to audio and make calls using the integrated microphone and speakers.
Another benefit is that the PLY will not need an external camera; this smart helmet has its very own video recorder, which shoots 720p clips at 30 fps. This should make for some moderately neat riding movies.
Using the app is half the fun. Not only can you connect via WiFi to watch your recorded videos. But you can also see your riding route; take a look at your battery levels, control settings and more.
Is it worth the cash? Sure, it is missing the back camera and other fancy features, but the price is much more bearable than the competition. And you can have more than simple communicator capabilities.
Interested? The Skully setback left a bitter taste in riders’ mouths after going bankrupt and basically leaving customers behind (who spent $1500 on pre-orders). Other options have emerged since, as the promising CrossHelmet, but that one is about $1399. People are not so quick to trust expensive crowdfunded helmets anymore, but you might be more comfortable risking $399 – right?