There’s a never ending quest to make motorcycle riding safer and inventors are coming up with new ideas all of the time. The Side Angle Motorcycle Helmet Camera System (SAM-HCS), by Adorg Safety Technologies, is a new setup designed to show you the blind spots where your mirrors can’t see.
SAM-HCS consists of two tiny cameras mounted to your helmet and in helmet monitors in the upper corners of your viewing area showing what’s coming on either side. The video is full color and the cameras transmit a wireless signal to the monitors. The monitors can be removed and placed on your windshield to show you the same view, you never have to take your eyes off the road and traffic in front of you to see if someone is positioned where your mirrors can’t see.
The system works in full face, half helmets, dirt bike helmets, probably almost any kind of helmet. There’s a police version as well that contains a 3rd camera facing forward to record what the officer sees. The system is battery powered and recharged with a small solar panel, no cables are required.
The only issue I see might be how the view is affected by the angle of your helmet, the Reevu helmet mentioned some time back seems to have that issue, although in normal riding positions and with a reasonably wide angle lens, that may not be an issue at all.
Price of the system is $299 plus $25 shipping, installed in your helmet. You send in your helmet and it comes back all set up. You pre-order, they send you a shipping box and off you go.
Inventor, Gary Oldham, is also working on a helmet airbag system to protect your neck in case of a crash. It looks interesting, too.