Mohawk – The Smart Helmet
Usually, we wear a helmet to protect our skulls from the huge number of accidents happening nowadays. But being human, we expect more from these lifesavers and those will be preferred more than the ordinary ones. So we strap on cameras to film our stunts or carving adventures which we like to show to the world. We want to talk to our buddies while driving or in rides, so we choose a Bluetooth device. Of course, we do have apps in our smart devices in the pockets and around our wrists for navigation and tracking. Imagine if we could have all these benefits without the burden and this turns true with the Mohawk, Fusar Smart Helmet.
Though there are helmets on the market that support one or more of these technologies. However, more add-ons will automatically increase demand on the markets. Now as Fusar Technologies has designed the most advanced helmet-mounted accessory that seems smarter, safer and social even. This helmet includes a 12-MP camera, activity tracker, accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, Bluetooth 4.0 communication device, GPS, black box, Wi-Fi capability, connected mobile apps and emergency response system all into one device. It is compatible with any type of helmet.
Because of having these features in the helmet, the Mohawk could easily capture the attention of all and achieved 140 percent of the company’s modest US$100,000 goal in just three days. The slick design results in a low-slung and aggressive profile that makes the GoPro look positively awkward by comparison.
Ryan Shearman Founder and CEO of Fusar, tells that the product is designed to be a universal device that can replace numerous pieces of tech that are most used and purchased in separate forms.
Controllable via a wrist or handlebar-mounted Bluetooth Remote Controls (BRCs) are compatible with Fusar’s F7 Bluetooth headset (or any Bluetooth headset that pairs with an iOS or Android device, it works much lie today’s gaming headsets). Ryan describes the Mohawk as an all-in-one Swiss Army knife of smart helmet technology.
In addition to capturing footage through the 140-degree wide angle lens in 720p and 1080p at 30 fps, the device’s 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, and 3-axis magnetometer allow tracking of things like actual hang time for epic launches.
Black-box telemetry including GPS, crash detection, and emergency alerts add more of responsibility to this fun-loving package. When a crash is detected, the Mohawk locks down the last two minutes of video as well as data related to the crash. It simultaneously sends SMS and email alerts to your emergency contacts, including a map to your precise location and local phone numbers to EMS dispatchers. The first responders and the physicians will have immediate knowledge of the context of injuries. If it is the case of life or death accidents, help can be called even when you’re unconscious.
The product had also concentrated on the details. Including a rotating lens that enables variable mounting of the camera, and a hinged universal adapter that lets you swap the Mohawk from one helmet to another in seconds. The BRCs also feature multi-color LEDs to let you know what the Mohawk is doing. BRCs take a still image with a single button press and a longer press starts the video recording. There’s also a “HotShot” feature that saves the last 15 seconds of action after the fact. Then immediately pushes it to social media with a two-button press.
Since a screen on a device in front of you isn’t much useful. This unit pairs with a free app for iOS and Android devices and it’s in conjunction with these apps that you can track, view and share your adventures. When paired with the Fusar F7 or compatible third-party Bluetooth headset, up to 12 users can chat walkie-talkie style using Fusar’s cloud-based push-to-talk (PTT) feature.
The unit is powered by a 2,400 mAh battery that should recharge in 2.5 hours, which gives from 2 to 4 hours of use depending on active features. The BRCs have a claimed battery life of a year under frequent use. Both the Mohawk and Fusar’s BRCs are waterproof.
Particularly for people who participate in multiple sports, the value proposition is obvious – one fully integrated and an expandable device that not only looks cool but also ends up costing far less than comparable components that were neither made to work together nor available as an all-in-one. The biggest catch, of course, is that there’s going to be a bit of a wait. The company is anticipating the wrist- and handlebar-mountable Bluetooth controllers and F7 headset will be unveiled in the upcoming year, while the full system with the camera is being produced in partnership with Flextronics and is expected to be available in the third-quarter of 2016.
For those that are interested in taking advantage of early bird pricing, the IndieGoGo campaign is still running. The minimum pledge level of US$299 includes the Mohawk, your choice of wrist or handlebar BRC, and an F7 Bluetooth headset.
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