Airwheel, producer of high-tech scooters and mobility aids, just released a slick helmet with a built-in camera.
According to a curiously translated press release published in Digital Journal, “The Airwheel C6 cool motorcycle helmet, as the latest product gives the riders much fun and excitement. With an Airwheel C6 we can record everything efficiently and effectively even though we are riding or doing Extreme sports.”
Available in carbon fiber, "colorful pattern", or genuine leather covering, the Airwheel C6 helmet is equipped with a built-in high-definition camera with a 120-degree field of view that can shoot stills or video. According to the company statement, it's an “intelligent helmet” that also offers high quality audio on the road, “which is totally different from listening to the music motionlessly. That’s because the scenery changes every moment and the rider never knows what will happen in the next second. This uncertainty is actually the meaning of life.”
The source of the music is certain, however. The built-in Bluetooth connection also allows the rider hands-free phone calls for convenience and safety. The helmet is specifically designed with a windbreak and “de-noiser microphone” to filter external environment noise. The C6 also features a flashing caution light on the back, which in low light “will keep flashing to remind the rear vehicle and pedestrian.”
Sadly, the product release contained no information on the certification standards or the price for the Airwheel C6. While we are reluctant to make any prediction on the future of this particular combination of style and technology, but we do applaud the trend toward smarter helmets. Hopefully an increase in smarter helmets will be accompanied by a corresponding increase in smarter riders.