LIVALL Bling Smart Helmet

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LIVALL Bling Smart Helmet
 
A few weeks ago, I mentioned a couple of interesting helmet designs that recently caught my attention.  Both of those helmets, the Closca Fuga and the Lumos helmet, include technology based features, but the latest helmet from Chinese company Livall takes the idea of a high tech “smart” helmet to a whole new level.

The LIVALL Bling helmet (don’t dismiss it based on the name) claims to be the first smart cycling helmet to include “LED indicators, a gravity sensor, bluetooth speakers, a cadence sensor, and more. “ Though the helmet includes fitness, social media, and entertainment features, the company points out that improving rider safety was the original focus of the design. The idea for the product came after after LIVALL Co-Founder and CTO Yong Liu broke his arm in a bike crash, and “recognized the demand for a smart helmet that merged safety with tech functionalities. “  You can watch a video that explains the smart features (and there many of them), but perhaps the most interesting from a safety standpoint is the SOS alarm function. If the helmet’s built-in gravity sensor detects an external strike, it will automatically send the rider’s location information to an emergency contact.
 
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The integrated LED’s in the shell of the helmet include taillights and turn signals, which can be operated by a Bluetooth enable handlebar mounted control center.  The Bling Jet remote control connects to the helmet and to the user’s smartphone, and can be used to control many of the different communication and safety features.

The Nano cadence sensor, which allows the app to track and display data such as slope rate, gradient, altitude, speed, is also interesting and is unlike other cadence sensors that I have used.  Rather than strapping a sensor to the crankararm , a small round plug fits into the dust cap opening on the crankset. According to the specs, the sensor  fits into the right crank, but presumably it should work on either side since many newer cranksets don’t have an opening on the drive side.

Currently, LIVALL is seeking funding for the Bling though an Indiegogo campaign, where you can see additional images and find out more about the product. They are offering an early bird price of $99 for a helmet that will be delivered in October of this year (and the app is already available on iTunes or in the Google Play store).

As I mentioned before, there are a LOT of different features (maybe a few too many), but I am looking forward to test riding with a Bling helmet soon. Some of the entertainment features may not be necessary, but I really do think that some of the safety, communication, and fitness features are quite interesting and will be standard on helmets in the not too distant future.
 
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7 Comments

  1. RJMang August 4, 2015 at 9:14 am -  Reply

    I was intrigued until I saw the audio features (phone, music). Phones and Music have no place when cycling. If you want to listen to music or talk on the phone, stay home (or at least never ride in a group). Being on the bike should be about being on the bike. There are enough distractions out there, creating you own can only make things worse.

  2. Dash Riprock August 9, 2015 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s fabulous having music while biking. I even picked up a cell phone holder and blue tooth speaker for my bike. I don’t see anything wrong with it.

  3. Wayne Chism August 28, 2015 at 8:42 am -  Reply

    LIVALL Bling Helmet also comes with colored LED tail lights at the back of the helmet which serve as direction indicators. Furthermore, colored outline LEDs at the top of the helmet will make it very easy for you to be seen.

  4. Slok September 10, 2015 at 10:50 pm -  Reply

    I always like to listen to tunes when I ride (mostly I’m riding alone). I forgot my BT headset this morning but that wouldn’t be an issue with this kit.

  5. Robert Leblanc September 12, 2015 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    where can i buy a Livall Smart bike helmet?

  6. Darin Wilson September 25, 2015 at 10:28 am -  Reply

    I would like to know how much it cost and how long it takes to get shipped to me. I always say safety first I’ve been a New York messenger for 10 years I’ve been riding for about 25-30 years now. I will ride until I can’t ride no more God willing

  7. Terry October 16, 2016 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    I also want to own one. It looks great! Where is it sold?

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