Chinese manufacturer Shenzhen Relee Electronic Technology Co. have a new helmet offering that they claim is the world’s first the ‘World’s 1st All-in-1 AI Sports Helmet‘: the Relee M1 (M stands for Magician).
The helmet hosts a bunch of intriguing features including voice control (you can chat with Siri whilst riding if you so desire), voice navigation, built in walkie-talkie, hands free phone call capability, turn signals, a brake light, a 350-lux headlight, and both a front ant rear EIS (stabilized) FHD camera that utilises Sony’s Starvis Night CMOS sensor and records up to 1080 pixels.
There are other ‘smart’ cycling helmets out there but I’ve yet to see one with a built in camera, never mind two.
There’s this helmet from Thinkable Studio designed to improve a rider’s spatial awareness, which looks more to me like an accident waiting to happen.
Starting out priced at just $169 (£124), the Relee M1 seems to hold an awful lot of tech packed in for the price.
As far as styling goes, the helmet looks half-decent and features a magnetic system that allows you to change the colour of the top section.
Images like this from the in-built front and rear camera? Seems like super high-quality for cameras (and not just one but two) into a $169 helmet… And they say that if you sign up to their Early Bird deal (put in just $1 to register) you’ll get a further whopping 39% off.
Personally, I’ve never really been into gizmos that much. I was given a FitBit watch as a gift a couple of years ago and wore it once. When I saw that it integrated into my social media and Watsapp, I took it off and never wore it again. Even my bike computer annoys me, I get that I need it to log rides but I much prefer to ride ‘naked’, so to speak.
But… but… this does look interesting and it will definitely appeal to some. I do wonder how they can list it at this price and still ensure the quality, without it all breaking after two weeks. I guess the proof is in the pudding so I’ll see if I can get hold of one for a review.
Check out their website for more info on the Early Bird deal.