Motorcycle helmets offer great protection in the event of a accident but they are becoming an integral part of the riding experience. The SportVue heads up display we previously mentioned is one item allowing a rider to view speed and engine rpm without taking his eyes off the road and now here is the Reevu motorcycle helmet, a helmet with an integrated rear view mirror system that displays the road behind a motorcycle so the rider has even more information about the surrounding environment without having to take his eyes from the road ahead.
The Reevu has no electronics or power involved, it is purely designed with a reflective mirror system contained within the helmet. The rear view, from the sample photos looks extremely good and could be a lifesaver in high traffic conditions where you have to be on your highest alert.
The patented multiple mirror system that is fitted within every Reevu helmet is a unique achievement of creative thinking and technical excellence. The mirror system is manufactured from a reflective polycarbonate material rather than glass. Unlike glass, this material is almost impossible to break and is lighter, providing additional safety and comfort to the wearer.
Put simply, this system effectively ‘bends’ the light around the shape of the head – all within the moulding of the helmet – to provide a clear view of the road behind.
This is an excellent idea and if it works as well as the site suggests I would be surprised if this helmet isn’t a great success. Combining the Reevu helmet with a SportVue heads up display and the TomTom Rider GPS unit communicating through the Scala Rider Bluetooth helmet headset gives you the kind of information within your helmet previously reserved for fighter pilots. I previously had some reservations about the Scala Rider if used as a cellphone accessory but it can also be used to communicate with a GPS unit and in that capacity, it could be very beneficial.
Overall, the Reevu is a great technical development and shows that on motorcycles, the helmet will be the site of information convergence, much like the cellphone has become so for everyone else. I like it.
Update: We contacted Reevu about both issues mentioned below, night riding and whether the view would be adjustable to account for head position.
According to Reevu, the multiple reflections transporting the image to the front diffuses the light which I would assume means it reduces the potential brightness and glare of headlights behind the rider.
As far as what you see, they say the view is parallel to the view in the front looking straight ahead so if you are crouched over the tank and your eyes are looking upward, the rear view would show sky and if you are more upright and looking straight ahead with your head and helmet level, the view would show the road behind you. This makes complete sense because even with a rearview mirror, you still have to have your head in a particular spot to see behind you, with the Reevu helmet you must at least have your head level. In fact, this might give you a slight advantage with the helmet system since turning your head slightly one way or another gives you a wider view than with a fixed mirror. I will be on the lookout for one of these helmets here in the U.S. to see how it works.
Reevu via Gizmag