You may have heard about Skully, Inc. a few years back.  Promising a rearview camera and an integrated heads-up display (HUD), Skully’s promised helmet seemed, well…  promising.  Skully, Inc. ran an Indiegogo campaign and was able to raise more than $2.4 million to help fund development.  Unfortunately, after about two years, Skully Inc. ceased operations, and it looked like those who had contributed to Skully, Inc.’s Indiegogo campaign had lost their money.

Eighteen months later, Skully, Inc.’s assets have been purchased by a new company called Skully Technologies and they have begun delivering on Skully Inc.’s original promise and more.  Skully Technologies’ Phenix AR packs a lot of technology in a single package.

The Skully Fenix AR Helmet in carbon fiber.

A small “optical stack” at the right front of the helmet, provides an integrated heads up (HUD) display.   The display gives a rider a view to the rear as well as a typical blind spots.  Skully uses its own mapping software to provide directional information on the HUD as well.  Two pre-installed speakers and microphones help to deliver sound and manage voice controls.

The heart of the Phenix AR is the optical stack.

Wirelessly connected to your device, you can use your own voice to make things happen.  You can play music and increase or reduce volume and advance or repeat tracks.  Things like getting home and knowing battery charge are all accessible by using your voice.

The helmet uses a carbon fiber shell that comes in sizes small to XXXL.  It is equipped with an emergency quick release straps for the times we don’t want to think about.  Weight is claimed to be 3 pounds 13 ounces.  Each helmet comes with a Pinlock ready visor as well as a Pinlock anti-fog insert.  The Phenix AR is DOT certified and priced at $1899. The helmet has already started shipping.

$1899 is a considerable price tag, but technology comes at a price.  If you want to be an initial adopter, with the latest features, it is going to be expensive.   I didn’t ask specifically, but I think there may also be a reason for the high price: Skully Technologies is also making good on Skully, Inc.’s promise with its “Make It Right” Program.

Under the program, Skully Technologies is delivering helmets to those who paid to get a helmet under the now-defunct Skully, Inc.  Skully Techologies has no obligation to do so.  But making good on an extinct company’s promises is going to cost a lot of money.  About 2,600 people are getting high tech helmets that Skully Technologies wasn’t paid for.  To me, that says a lot about Skully Technologies’ desire to deliver on promises.


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