Check this out, battle-weary commuters: a new bike helmet from Australia promises to record on camera nearly everything that happens around you as well as streaming a live rear-view display to your handlebar-mounted smartphone.
Its makers claim an impressive 320 degrees of high-definition coverage, thanks to a front and a rear camera embedded in the helmet.It’s not for sale yet – after 14 months of development, the Cyclevision team are now finalising manufacturing contracts, and preparing to put it through the major certification standards (Australian, New Zealand, USA, North America, UK and European).
They hope to send us a test sample by July of this year – we’re looking forward to getting our hands on one, and seeing what our video team can create with it.
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Fully integrated solution
The Cyclevision helmet certainly looks svelte in the shots we’ve been sent
So why’s this a better idea than existing helmet cams? Well, this is a fully integrated solution that combines two cameras within a helmet, for an impressive weight of around 280 grams. Video is recorded at 1080p at 30 frames per second, and the system also captures audio to the supplied 32 Gb micro SD card.
Footage is recorded on a 4.5hr loop, so if the user doesn’t download it from the micro SD card to their computer then it will simply overwrite the old data. The helmet’s internal battery has been designed to provide up to 5hrs of continuous recording, and is recharged by USB cable.
“This vehicle is reversing”
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