Japanese startup Borderless has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its CrossHelmet X1 smart helmet. The lid promises seamless integration of safety and technology.
Ever since tech helmet startup Skully went down after blowing away $2.4M of IndieGoGo funding allegedly on frivolities, confidence has been low in similar products. The Skully AR-1 had all the hallmarks of a wildly successful introductory product until Skully also wasted $10M of additional investments, leaving the high-tech helmet game without any players or backers.
Now there is a new startup out there, which promises to build a similar super high-tech helmet, without squandering the investments it attracts. Arata Oono CEO of Borderless is hard at work coming up with such a lid. Hailing from Japan, Oono is a seasoned designer who has been working in the motorcycle industry for many years. He has also worked on the Yamaha MT-09 project.
Oono has been researching and developing a new helmet under Borderless that is not only safe but comfortable and smart. The lid is being called CrossHelmet X1. It boasts of sound control, a rearview camera, dual heads-up displays, and smartphone/Bluetooth connectivity. The X1 incorporates all these features, yet still being light and sleek.
Borderless went live on Kickstarter on September 12, and at the time of writing this, has already crossed $250,000 in funding. That’s more than double the goal Oono had set. So far there have been more than 250 backers for the project, with the campaign scheduled to run for another 23 days.
The Borderless CrossHelmet X1 can be yours for $1,799. However, if you are one of 175 early birds on Kickstarter, you can have the X1 for $1,399. This lid promises ultra high-tech wizardry, high safety standards, tasteful aesthetics, and a sleek, comfortable fit on the wearer’s head. Check out Borderless’s Kickstarter page and their video about the CrossHelmet X1 here.