If the future visited us and designed a helmet, the JARVISH is what we’d get.
This hi-tech lid from the new Taiwanese company has pretty much every feature you’d find in the futuristic helmets we’ve already written about, the Skully, the Arc Vector and the Sena/DigiLens partnership.
Then it added more.
Started by motorcycle enthusiasts who are refugees from the infamous Foxconn, the new JARVISH X-series is a bunch of technology packed into a lightweight carbon-fiber helmet shell made in Germany. (All the safety certifications are listed at the end of this piece.)
How fancy is it? Let us count the ways.
There are two helmets, the base X and the primo X-AR.
The X has built-in speakers, noise cancellation and voice control which can, through Bluetooth or WiFi, call up Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant.
It also has a 2K front-facing camera that can record your ride to an internal memory card or live stream it. There’s an app that lets you download the video to your smartphone or the cloud storage of your choice.
The helmet can be charged wirelessly or through a micro-USB connection.
It feels almost mundane to mention that the face shield is anti-fog, anti-glare and anti-scratch.
The X-AR has all of that. And a whole lot more.
It has a Heads-Up Display (HUD) that is voice-controlled and can be retracted at any time.
Connected to your smartphone, the HUD will display maps and directions, show weather and traffic conditions, and bike data. It’ll show you caller ID too.
In addition to the front camera, the X-AR adds a 2K rear-view camera. Combined with the front-facing camera, you’d be able to roll down the road with a 360° picture in your face shield. I imagine that it’s something that might take some getting used to.
Does it all work? JARVISH say the X-series is being field-tested by Taiwanese police. No word on how that’s going. It meets ECE R22.05 (Europe, Australia), DOT (US and Canada), CNS 2396, CNS 13438, CNS 13439 (Asia), FCC (electronic radiation safety certifications) standards. Also, it’s Apple MFi certified.
There are at least a couple of hiccups to this vision from the future, though.
One is battery life. The X can go for six hours. The X-AR, with the HUD and the second camera, will die after a mere four hours, according to JARVISH. They don’t say how long a recharge takes, but it’s almost certainly longer than a lunch break.
The other issue is the price. None of the future helmets we’ve written about come cheap and the X-series is no different.
The X will sell for $699. The X-AR will eventually cost $1599.
I say eventually, because JARVISH is running a Kickstarter campaign for early adopters. Jump in now and when the helmets are delivered next year (free shipping to the US, $100 everywhere else) you can get the X for a $399 pledge (saving $300) and the X-AR for a pledge of $899 (a $700 discount.)
X helmets are slated for delivery in April of 2019. The X-AR will ship in September.
So, thank you for stopping by, future. Cool helmet. Hey, next time you stop by, could you do something about battery life?