Australian start-up Forcite has opened the order books for its new MK1S smart helmet, which packages an array of technologies within a seemingly traditional motorcycle helmet form factor, priced from $1299.
Compared to its previous model, the new Forcite MK1S sees improvements to its inbuilt camera, audio package and rider alert system, as well as comfort updates via new padding and weight reductions.
“Where others use clumsy clip-ons to shoehorn tech into their helmets, we’ve honed every
part of the Forcite MK1S to create the next generation of smart helmet,” said Forcite co-founder Alfred Boyadgis in a press release.
“We captured thousands of points of on-road feedback sent in by Forcite MK1 riders. Our design engineers used this info to craft more luxurious padding, high-end audio and to improve camera quality in the Forcite MK1S.
“Our rider alert system and peripheral LED display is even more dialled into real time road conditions, helping riders keep themselves safe.”
One of Forcite’s unique selling points is its peripheral LED display that notifies the wearer of navigation prompts, speed cameras and traffic conditions, among other features supplied via a smartphone app, which is said to be implemented in a non-distracting way.
Inside the Forcite MK1S is a Harman Kardon speaker system matched with an omni-directional microphone for calls and video voice-over. Also unique to the Forcite lid is an HD 1080P camera that communicates with the Forcite app.
New inner padding is said to improve comfort and durability, and reduce wind noise, and a carbon-fibre shell helps drop weight to 1500 grams. According to Forcite, this makes its MK1S the lightest ‘smart helmet’ currently on the market.
What you get with the Forcite MK1S ($1299):
- Forcite MK1S smart helmet
- Handlebar controller, controller thumbscrew, spacers and mount
- Pre-installed Harman Kardon speakers
- Controller handlebar mount spacers x2
- Screwdriver for Camera Shield and Handlebar Mount
- USB-C charging cable
- USB power adaptor
- Instant media access cable
- Media access USB adaptor
- Forcite stickers
- Forcite Authenticity card
- Product pamphlet
- Size swap card
INFO MOTO has yet to test a Forcite product but expects to review the new MK1S smart helmet shortly.
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