The Forcite MK1 Smart Helmet Launches in Australia


Forcite smart helmet
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A Smart Helmet For the Future

We reported on Forcite a while back, the smart helmet company has an innovative product unlike any other on sale today. Forcite just launched its MK1 smart helmet in Australia and will expand to other markets in the near future. You can order the helmet on the company’s website, although when we tried going to the main site, it was down.

Upon some investigation on the company’s invite-only Facebook group, it became clear that the third-party server the company was using experienced issues, likely from all the buzz this new helmet is creating. The company has another site up so it can continue to take orders. 

Tons of Tech and Features

For those of you who don’t know Forcite’s MK1 smart helmet will be a game-changer. It features ECE 22.5 and DOT-certification and a carbon fiber shell. The helmet offers an antibacterial lining, an advanced ventilation system, a UV400-rated visor. It has pretty much everything else you’d expect from a premium motorcycle helmet. What sets it apart is the technology included with the lid.

The helmet gets integrated speakers, dual microphone, chin-mounted HD camera, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, and a unique LED lighting system for alerts and navigation. With all of this, you can take calls, listen to music, get directions, receive alerts about construction or weather, and even live stream your ride via the camera.

Forcite also discusses AI on its website saying the helmet learns your riding habits and preferences. What exactly this means, though is unclear. It looks like it uses your previous GPS data to help give you suggestions. The system would alert you if there’s construction, weather, or some other issues on the road.

To help you control all of this is a controller that you add to the handlebars of your ride. This means that you don’t have to reach up from your handlebars to control the system. It also means you’ll have to move the controller, to a different bike if you regularly ride more than one.

The battery life of the helmet is about five hours, according to New Atlas. That’s better than the few comparable smart helmets out there, and we’d expect Forcite is looking at how to make that even longer. Right now the company is looking at December deliveries. Forcite will be running demos in Australia. We, unfortunately, won’t be buying a plane ticket to Australia to give one of those demos a shot. Hopefully, we’ll get our hands on one of these helmets in the future to give you a detailed review. 

5 Comments

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    darren-p
    July 23, 2019
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    tech helmets so far sacrifice the essentials for tacked on gizmos.

    got to be a good helmet first and foremost

    • Wade Thiel
      July 23, 2019
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      Hi Darren, I agree. I think Forcite has an opportunity here. This smart helmet looks to be a good helmet and have all of the tech. Of course, I can say that for sure until I see one up close and wear it.

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      John
      July 23, 2019
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      Too many people gonna get caught up in the wizardtry that they are going to forget about the three interior shapes and gonna buy it just because they want one fit be damned. There are a lot of helmets I like but do not fit my head shape.
      A lot of these guys are putting $300 of electronics in a $59 helmet and selling it for $1500.

      • Avatar
        July 24, 2019
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        Smash at 40 mph see the verdict

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          Brian
          July 24, 2019
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          Crashing in this helmet vs any other helmet that meets DOT and ECE standards should result in very similar injuries (or protection from similar potential injuries.)
          The differences between a $50 shell and a $700 shell (retail, obviously it costs nowhere near that to produce) is weight, balance, aerodynamics, noise, comfort, wicking ability, ventilation, overall fit/finish and long-term durability of the various components such as lining, straps etc.

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