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Head-up display helmet breaks crowdfunding site record

£1.4 million raised, over 900% of target

A soon-to-be-launched motorcycle helmet with a head-up display (HUD) has broken a crowdfunding site record.

The Skully AR-1 helmet has raised $2,278,049 (£1.4m), over 900% of the initial target. It's the most successful ever 'wearable' campaign on crowdfunding site Indiegogo.com

It features a transparent HUD unit that displays at a perceptual distance of 10 feet in front of the rider. It's equipped with a near 180-degree rear-view camera, turn-by-turn GPS navigation, smartphone pairing and voice control.

It’s also capable of streaming music and hands-free calling.

The US-built helmet can be pre-ordered now with international shipping for $1,499 (£925), and an estimated delivery date of May 2015.

More than 1,700 AR-1s have been sold since the campaign began on August 11, with Skully offering a number of different pricing and financing options to early buyers.

Skully founder and CEO Marcus Weller said: ‘We continue to be blown away by the outpouring of interest and support for the Skully AR-1.

‘The campaign has been a tremendous success and has been a true testament to the desire for innovation in safety technology. We look forward to delivering the AR-1.’

The helmet is available in matt black or gloss white in sizes S-XXL.

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