World's Smartest Helmet?: The iC-R From Intelligent Cranium Helmets

Tom Roderick
by Tom Roderick

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.”

Tom Roderick
Tom Roderick

A former staffer who has gone on to greener pastures, Tom Roderick still can't get the motorcycle bug out of his system. And honestly, we still miss having him around. Tom is now a regular freelance writer and tester for when his schedule allows, and his experience, riding ability, writing talent, and quick wit are still a joy to have – even if we don't get to experience it as much as we used to.

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  • GlennIsDead GlennIsDead on May 15, 2016

    Also, a buzz at 420 feet? If you ride in a city, that's ALL the time!

  • Helder batalha Helder batalha on Nov 20, 2016

    This project has been hit by delay after delay and the developers are now saying that the next update is in December 2018, they also have a Facebook page but they block and ban anyone that asks to many questions.
    That haven't been able to produce a single proof of concept or development but they have been more than happy to take backers deposits so basically 2 years on the making and nothing at all
    I was a backer and have now forced them thru PayPal to return my deposit but I'm extremely unhappy with the lack of professionalism by the so called Ceo that does not answer to it all questions....