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FUSAR Mohawk is like the Swiss Army knife of smart helmets


FUSAR Mohawk can make any helmet smart, enabling you to capture photos and videos, track your rides, talk to your friends, call for help, and more.


Thanks to the Internet of Things, your helmet won’t only keep your head protected, it will soon keep you connected as you hit the road or slopes as well. Geared towards the action sport enthusiast, the Mohawk is an HD camera, activity tracker, walkie-talkie, GPS unit, music player, black box and emergency alert system all rolled into one wearable package.

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Currently live on Indiegogo, Mohawk is an aerodynamic, add-on device that gives your ordinary helmet superpowers. It is equipped with an accelerometer, a magnetometer, a gyroscope, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and GPS, along with a 2350 mAh battery that provides up to four hours of use. What’s more, a separate handlebar and wrist-mounted remote control enables you to easily interface with Mohawk, while multi-color LEDs offers constant feedback.

“Mohawk is designed to be low-profile when mounted to your helmet. It is hinged at the rear and has a unique pre-load spring that keeps it flush against the surface at all times. This allows it to contour to different helmet shapes and also helps stabilize the device during use. It uses standard action camera style mounts, so installation is a breeze,” the FUSAR crew explains.

As for its camera, the Mohawk lets you capture 12MP photos and shoot 1080p video at 30 or 60 FPS with the touch of its remote. Simply short press the button on the Bluetooth controller (BRC) to snap a photo, or long press to begin recording high-def video. In either case, the footage is instantly synced and relayed to your smartphone via its accompanying app. Press two buttons on your BRC to save the last 15 seconds of action and share it in real-time to your social media channels using its HotShot feature — even if you weren’t recording.

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What’s more, Mohawk pairs with your smartphone to enable push-to-talk, walkie-talkie-like communication over any distance for up to 12 friends and companion riders. Onboard sensors make it possible to track your activity, giving you real-time data right at your fingertips. Full Bluetooth streaming ensures that listening to music, taking calls or listening to navigation instructions are seamless, too.

Perhaps one of its most notable capabilities, however, is the Mohawk’s advanced crash detection and alert system that will automatically send out an SMS to first responders and your predefined set of contacts in the event of an emergency. In the event of an accident, a text message and an email will be transmitted alongside a map and GPS coordinates. Simultaneously, its black box function will store the last 15 seconds of video, audio, speed, direction of travel and other telemetry leading up to the incident, helping riders and authorities know what really happened.

Ready to make your ‘dumb’ hemet smart? Head over to its Indiegogo campaign, where FUSAR has already well surpassed its goal of $100,000. The app, Bluetooth headset and handlebar remote are expected to begin shipping in the first quarter of 2016, while the Mohawk itself will be available in the third quarter.

Lumos is the world’s smartest bicycle helmet


Lumos is the ultimate bicycle helmet that helps cyclists stay safe and visible on the road.


Biking at night, especially on roads, can be downright dangerous. Just how dangerous, you ask? Every year, more than 49,000 cyclists are seriously injured in the United States alone — a large number of them as a result of a collision with a motorist. And although there have been several innovations geared towards making riding in the dark safer, a new helmet from one Boston-based startup may be the most clever yet. As a way to draw the attention of traffic, Lumos is equipped with wirelessly-controlled turn signal indicators and brake lights that automatically illuminate as speed is decreased.

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It’s a pretty smart idea, and we wouldn’t expect anything less from former Harvard students Euwen Ding and Jeff Chen. Whereas modern-day light attachments can be easily left behind, not too many will venture out onto the roads without grabbing their helmet. Even better, Lumos has been designed to look no different than its more conventional counterparts.

The front of the helmet is equipped with series of 14 ultra-bright white LEDs, enabling them to be seen much more clearly than typical bike-mounted units. What’s more, 16 red LED are arranged in the back to form a triangle — a commonly used warning symbol on the road. An accelerometer embedded inside the helmet is able to detect whenever a cyclist is braking, which instantly turns the rear triangle solid and intensifies in brightness, just like a car.

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One of, if not, the most standout features of the Lumos has to be its turn signal lights. These arrows are made up of 15 LEDs on either side of the rear triangle and headlight strip, and are activated through a two-button wireless remote attached to the handlebar, which runs on a CR2032 battery. Once triggered, vibrant yellow lights are turned on to form an arrow and a dash from the front indicating the direction a rider wishes to turn. Another press of the button will switch the signal off.

“The wireless remote works off a 2.4 GHz RF chip. These RF chips are more than powerful enough to handle the signaling feature and are also robust, reliable, and consume very little power, making it ideal for this use case. The remote is perpetually in sleep mode by default,” its creators note. “But when you press it, it instantly wakes up, sends its signal to the helmet it is paired with (a 1-1 pairing with the helmet that just needs to be done once during first use), and then powers down again after you turn the turn signal off. Since the remote is off for the vast majority of the time, this allows the remote to last for months before its coin cell battery would need to be replaced.”

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The water-resistant helmet is currently available in two colors — charcoal black and pearl white — and comes with an integrated battery, which can be recharged via microUSB. According to both Ding and Chen, if Lumos is used for 30 minutes every day, each charge should last about a week.

Ready to stay safe while riding your bike at night? Then race over to Lumos’ Kickstarter page, where the team is seeking $125,000.