Intelligent Cranium Helmets is developing a prototype helmet with more electronic functionality than any other smart helmet available or imagined. The iC-R features twin full-color heads-up displays, twin rear-facing cameras, a LiDAR rear collision alert system, an electronically tinting visor, built-in Bluetooth communications, phone connectivity, and a solar panel to help power all this equipment. Can a helmet with this much future tech be realized with current batteries? Get approved by DOT, Snell or ECE? ICH says yes, and that the company can do it for a retail price less than $1,600. According to the most recent update (1/6/2016) on the company’s website, ICH has entered into development agreements with:
- A solar power company that has the capabilities to develop the entire power system for the iC-R helmet, such as the: power circuitry, batteries (which are light weight & will not explode on impact), and the solar panel of course.
- A prototyping company with the capabilities to develop the iC-R shell and other components for our first physical prototype.
“The companies we’ve partnered with will begin development in January 2016! We’re currently in discussions with a software company that has the capabilities to develop: the main software for the iC-R helmet, our planned companion app, and much more.”