Israel’s LifeBEAM, a developer of bio-sensing technology, has launched the LifeBEAM Helmet, the world’s first “smart” cycling helmet.
The second iteration of a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, the LifeBEAM Helmet has been re-engineered to offer aerospace-grade heart rate and calorie consumption measurements – all without a chest strap.
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All athletes, professional and amateur, whether they play team sports or just run and bike for exercise, will soon be able to keep track of how well they are keeping fit and how effective their individual workouts are through the clothing that they wear.
A pioneer in bio-sensing hardware, analytics and software, LifeBEAM makes the advanced wearable instruments for measuring human performance. The company is based in Israel with operation centers in the US and China.
“We tested the LifeBEAM Helmet’s sensor technology with Special Forces units in cold, rain, sweat and snow – basically in all the most rugged and challenging conditions we could find, ” said Omri Yoffe, co-founder and CEO of LifeBEAM. “The result is an all-weather device with a competitive weight and the respected design of Lazer’s classic racing helmet. This device will help recreational and professional bicyclers perform their best in training and races.”
The upgraded sensor relies on the same algorithm used in LifeBEAM’s aerospace systems. The company states that this algorithm not only increases measurement speed and accuracy but also reduces battery consumption, allowing an average bicyclist to use the helmet three or four times per week for an entire month without recharging.
In addition, the LifeBEAM Helmet’s new LYCRA headband and redesigned casing ensures greater comfort and clear heart rate readings regardless of motion, sweat or adverse weather conditions.
The LifeBEAM Helmet now broadcasts both Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ protocols so that users can transfer heart rate and calorie measurements to a smartphone or wearable device like a smartwatch. This versatility allows bicyclists to pair the LifeBEAM helmet with the fitness apps and accessories of their choice.
Finally, the new LifeBEAM Helmet also comes with a limited edition carbon carrying case modeled on the cases that fighter pilots use to store, transport and protect their helmets. The case’s ventilation system ensures that the helmet can properly dry after a long ride.
It will be available at stores in 50 countries beginning on September 28.