Bell recently announced a partnership with 360fly to put 360-degree video cameras on bicycle, street and all terrain motorcycles, and ski helmets.
The camera connects to a mobile phone application via Bluetooth or WiFi and provides 2 hours of battery life.
According to Bell’s website,
All four helmets feature an integrated 360fly 360o 4K camera, capable of also shooting
conventional 16×9 video. The video capabilities are driven by 360fly’s proprietary mobile app,
featuring a simple user interface that allows users to instantly edit and share content to popular
platforms such as Facebook or YouTube. Shooting at 2880 x 2880 at up to 30 FPS, the integrated camera also includes a built-in GPS sensor to tag locations, a barometer/altimeter and
accelerometer all powered by an advanced Qualcomm® Snapdragon 800 processor.
The implications of this technology go far beyond just great action footage to share online. Bell’s site goes on to state,
-AutoPilot action tracking – Allows users to track and follow the main subjects in their
videos, making it easy to create dynamic edits with the rider at the center of it all.
-Collision Avoidance Alert – Senses and automatically notifies the rider of potential
oncoming dangers that are outside the rider’s natural field of vision
-Live Streaming — For professional, commercial or advanced users looking to live stream
360-degree video, the integrated camera pairs with its Micro-HDMI accessory base (sold
separately) and is able to output a real-time full 360-degree HD video stream
These helmets are expected to be on the market within the next several months and pricing has yet to be released.