For today’s post we’d like to touch on one of the most important safety features any “smart helmet” should have. A good company knows its competitive landscape, but more than that it knows the weaknesses.
When we started ICH we predicted an emerging smart helmet market. There were only two potential competitors then, now there are many that make varied claims. Above all else we’ve promoted SAFETY; which is why even our base model helmet will come equipped with both dual rear view cameras and proximity sensors. We want to shed light on the misconceptions (through misleading by some) surrounding a few of our competitors claims of “360” FOV.
The sole purpose of adding a camera to the rear of a motorcycle helmet for most is to provide the rider with a view not previously available before; allowing the rider to see more of his/her surrounding and potential dangers—this has a different meaning for us here at ICH. It should be more than that; the sole purpose should be to “eliminate the blindspot” allowing the rider to NEVER have to turn his/her head for a safety check.
There are a few competitor products that take a step in the right direction by providing 180° FOV, but it’s been proven by numerous trials that 180° from a single camera still leaves blind spots. Then there are a few competitors who cite claims of 360 degrees FOV using either:
An elongated visor – the issue with this is though the visor view has been extended, the riders peripheral view while keeping his/her eyes straight ahead stays the same. In order for a rider to take advantage of this extended view; the human eye still has to shift focus from center. 360° FOV not accomplished
A combination of one front and one rear camera – the big issue with this is that the rider can only see one of those cameras; which is the rear 180° camera that again still leaves a blindspot. 360° FOV not accomplished
At the end of the day there is one sure way to eliminate a riders blindspot, and that’s using an iC-R configuration of a seamlessly stitched view of more than 1 camera.
… Know what you’re really buying…or not really getting….!!!