As if to show that nothing succeeds like excess, though, the Livall Smart and Safe Bike Helmet is now on Kickstarter, boasting enough "connected" features to make anybody into Cyborg or RoboCop.
Except that you won't look anywhere near as cool.
For a product that's supposed to be so much about safety, it has a lot of features that seem designed to keep one's mind off their ride. Like making phone calls while riding:
My favorite part of their crowdfunding approach is the promotional video, complete with an awkwardly dubbed voiceover:
In the video, we see this unlikely couple . . .
|Holy Cow, what's with those shorts?!|
|They have an "enormous passion" for cycling.|
|We get to see them using the helmet's turn signals while weaving through traffic. The turn signals don't look particularly effective, though.|
|Somehow they end up separated - so they can use the "walkie-talkie" function to find each other.|
|The smart helmet makes cycling safer? More enjoyable? More distracting, if you ask me.|
|At this point in their date, they're off the bikes and on foot. You can take the helmets off now, kids. Or at least turn off the flashing lights.|
And their own-design smartphone holder:
And the handlebar control switch, dubbed "The Bling Jet":
The most disturbing scene in the video comes about 1:25 into it - where we see how the SOS Alert feature works:
The voice dubbing becomes painfully obvious when we meet the creators of the Livall smart helmet:
|"The helmet is an essential part of your cycling experience."|
|"Pledge now! Lets ride smart together."|
As I said before - I could maybe be persuaded to try a well-designed, decently styled helmet that incorporates some built-in lighting -- basic LED technology is inexpensive, simple, and has gotten pretty reliable. But all the so-called "smart" features of this thing seem to be more trouble than they're worth. Too much expense. Too much to go wrong. Too many distractions.
No thanks on the "smart helmet." But enjoy the video!