Famed American helmet manufacturer Bell Helmets has created a full-face motorcycle helmet that features an integrated 360-degree video camera. Based on the brand’s Star full face helmet, the concept was features recently during the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 in Las Vegas.
The helmet features a detachable 360-degree video camera mounted at the top part of the shell. The camera system employed is sourced from renowned American brand 360Fly and boasts 4k quality high definition video recording abilities with a claimed maximum battery operation period of two hours.
Other features include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, along with a GPS sensor for location geotags, as well as a barometer/altimeter and an accelerometer that provides additional data with the video.
Interestingly, parent company BRG Sports indicates that the new Bell helmet will also have collision avoidance alerts for the rider, alerting the rider of dangers outside his/her field of vision using the camera’s wide angle vision. Bell did not share further details on this collision warning system, but did state its plans to test the feature over the coming months prior to the helmet’s market release.
Also undisclosed was the 360Fly-equipped Star helmet’s retail price. Given that the 360Fly camera retails for approximately £400, you can expect this camera-integrated version of the Star full face helmet to cost significantly more than the reported £499.99 asking price the basic Star helmet model commands.