When Marcus Weller suddenly flipped off his motorbike during a ride in Barcelona, it could have ended his life.
Or at least changed it immeasurably, both physically and psychologically.
But instead, the crash became the inspiration for a really clever bout of innovation – a groundbreaking new helmet design aimed at preventing other cyclists from suffering the same fate.
Now, after years of research and development, it’s ready to ship in time for Christmas.
Innovation Born From a Dream
The trigger point for the design came to Weller in his sleep.
In real life, he’d taken his eyes off the road for a second and rammed into the back of a car. But when he relived the accident in a dream afterwards… he didn’t crash.
“I’m going down the road and because I’m looking forward this time, I see the car brake, swerved around it, and didn’t get into the accident,” Skully says. “That woke me up from a dead sleep and I sat up in bed and I had goosebumps and I was like, ‘That’s going to save people’s lives.’”
Today, Weller is Founder and CEO of California-based Skully – a startup that’s about to change motorcycle safety.
In fact, he says it’s the smartest, most advanced helmet ever designed.
Three-in-One Technology Creates a Truly “Smart” Helmet
It incorporates a state-of-the-art video system, head-up display, and advanced computer all built into the visor, which gives a rider a much greater peripheral field of vision. Indeed, a user can see in every direction with no blind spots.
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As Weller explains, “What the video system in the helmet does is with zero latency, it’s an ultra-wide angle camera that takes a 180-degree blind spot. It gives you eyes in the back of your head and renders that in the head-up display.”
He says because humans travel at such high speeds on a bike, the technology has to essentially fill in the blanks for the human brain and how it interprets vision.
“It leverages and capitalizes on the way our brains and visual systems naturally work and puts that information back into the field of view, back in focus to wherever I look, thus reducing the likelihood of a life-threatening accident.”
Take a look…
Other commonplace technologies are also built into the helmet, including GPS, Bluetooth for hands-free calling, and music-streaming capabilities. And it’s set to ship just in time for Christmas.