Australian company FORCITE create smart helmet that could challenge the GoPro on the slopes
A Team of Australian entrepreneurs have designed an alpine smart helmet that they say captures, tracks and shares the fun of snow sports safely.
NO SNOW Based in Sydney, where they say it hasn't snowed since 1922 the team at Forcite Helmet Systems say that the new design can capture, communicate, compete and protect.
Forcite Co-Founder, Alfred Boyadgis said: "Imagine this technology as a superhuman companion who guides and captures your adventures."
DIFFERENCES The Forcite team say that conventional helmets are basic polystyrene shells that offer protection, but little else. Other equipment such as lights, cameras, and communications have to be attached with cumbersome mounts. On impact anything attached to the helmet can weaken the polystyrene shell, potentially leading to head injuries as with the skiing accident involving Michael Schumacher.
The ForciteAlpine helmet incorporates such technologies as an HD camera, speakers, impact sensors and a micro computer inside the helmet itself. All of these functions are controlled by the ForciteAlpine's AI and a smart phone app.
The Forcite Alpine Smart Helmet
SPECIFICATIONS Safely positioned inside the front of the helmet is a full HD camera capable of capturing 1080 at 120fps video with image stabilization, which is perfect for slow motion shots on those bumpy off-piste runs. A wide-angle lens offers 160 degree field of view to capture every twist and turn.
Chat with groups of friends on the slopes or online with a noise cancelling, rugged design microphone that uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 technology to communicate with friends.
The stereo speakers double up to play tracks streamed via Bluetooth, and access call forwarding to connect to more friends as you carve up the slope.
In unison with the app, the Forcite Alpine smart helmet is designed to help compare and improve performance. The helmet also uses altitude determination to log the run on the Forcite app or a third party app.
PROTECTION Upon an intense impact, the helmet will emit an emergency beacon along with the altitude reading and GPS location of the person in trouble to snow park emergency teams. This beacon can also be turned on manually in an emergency.