Australian Cyclevision Helmet with Front + Rear Video Capture

Australian and international statistics* reveal that in bike and car collisions, the driver is at fault in a majority of cases. Even though a bicycle rider will always come off second best when they are hit but a car, if it goes to the police and court, it can still be ‘word against word‘. To compensate for this ‘injustice’, growing numbers of bike riders are resorting to running video cameras while cycling as a safety net. To help, a new Australian developed bike helmet from Cyclevision called the EDGE promises to be a convenient solution for riders with integrated front and rear video cameras.

Helicopter engineer Rob Asker has been the victim of two hit-and-run collisions while riding a bike. The ongoing media reports of drivers escaping penalties after seriously injuring or killing other bike riders has spurned him and his wife Susan to develop the Cyclevision EDGE bike helmet.

Asker sees a benefit of integrating the video cameras into the helmet as bike riders already take the helmet with them as separate front and rear cameras which a rider needs to mount on the bike require more attention and are not as convenient.

Indeed for recording good video, helmet mounted footage is almost always superior to ‘bike mounted’ footage as the body acts as a shock absorber and eliminates the road noise and vibration making the footage smoother. On the flipside, helmet mounted footage doesn’t have the advantage of a ‘fixed point of orientation’ as you get when the camera is mounted on the bike, when the rider looks up and down or left and right, this is what is recorded.

The Cyclevision EDGE however is not pitched as a sports action camera for feature film appearances like a GoPro. Many bike riders who regularly ride with camera’s overcome the initial novelty quickly and then simply continue to use them out of habit for the safety benefit. The end result is that it is habitual and almost invisible in the cycling routine.

Rob Asker considers his role during three and a half years product development as that of a pioneer.

This whole product build has challenged us in ways we never knew possible, we cannot look over our shoulder and say ‘well Giro did it like this and priced it like that’ or ‘check out what Specialized have done’, says Asker “Our problem is we are really the first helmet company in history to push the boundaries of what’s technically possible (in a bicycle helmet)”  and I believe from all of this I can safely say that we are not as technically advanced as an ‘intelligent species’ that Hollywood like to portray us (we definitely have our limitations)”.

Asker now has significant support from Queensland having successfully gained a financial grant from the Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas fund and endorsement from state politicians and the Bicycle Queensland advocacy group.

 

The Specs’ Please

Data nerds will need to know that the front and rear video cameras record at 1920x1080p (Full HD) at 30 frames per second. The run-time after a full charge is 3 hours and if necessary, it is also possible to top-up on the fly with an external power pack.

For storage, each camera has 32GB onboard (flash) storage and loops recording after 4 hours. The Cyclevision EDGE helmets weighs in at 410 grams so is a bit heavier than your aerodynamic weight-weenie helmet but is less than the 1980’s Stackhat from Rosebank (which weighed 560 grams).

An interesting detail is that each camera provides a 160° view which means that in total you get a 320° view of the surrounding action with only 20° on each side beyond of the field of view.

The helmet will be available and compliant with the Australian helmet laws and all other international standards.

There is an app which lets you view the footage and even watch footage in real time (rear vision mirror) and the helmet will be available in a medium and large size

For the complete specs, visit the website: cyclevision.com.au

 

Where can I get it?

You may have already questioned why I wrote, “will be available”. Currently the Cyclevision EDGE bicycle helmet is on the Kickstarter crowd funding platform and they are seeking ca. $65,000. Rob Asker has no qualms in confiding that they have ‘already made it’ and are going into production regardless. The marketing value of Kickstarter however means that they can reach out to even more people, “we are a minnow playing in a pond of giants and we need to make our voice heard.” 

The next steps for Cyclevision is the testing requirements for the various international helmet safety standards and around May 2018 they will be able to start shipping. Kickstarter backers (regardless of the success) won’t be neglected and the purchase price is $450 on Kickstarter while the retail pricing is anticipated at around $660. In comparison to the purchase price for a nice helmet and a front and back video camera, this, the $660 retail price is competitive for an all-in-one solution.

At the time of publishing, there are 8 days left for the Cyclevision EDGE Kickstarter campaign, for more details and purchase options, visit cyclevision.com.au 

 


2013 Report: Injured cyclist profile: an in-depth study of a sample of cyclists injured in road crashes in South Australia



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About The Author

Christopher Jones is a recreational cyclist and runs a professional design business, Signale. As the driving force behind Bicycles.net.au he has one of each 'types' of bicycles.

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