The Helmet of Justice is designed to give skaters and cyclists a recording of exactly what happened when things went wrong, whether it is a fall or a collision, irrespective of who was at fault. The cameras automatically begin recording when the helmet detects an impact via the onboard accelerometer and continue shooting for up to two hours after the accident.
I have seen helmets with onboard cameras in the past, but this would seem to be the first time that anyone has developed a camera helmet that functions purely as an accident recorder. It is a good idea, but I find myself wondering whether they might be better off incorporating a higher-quality front-mounted camera as well, to let wearers record the happier moments of their ride. That definitely seems to be the way Chaotic Moon will be heading with future versions of the helmet: they have considered a number of possibilities including having the helmet log ride data, recognize objects or stitch together panoramic images.
Personally, as someone who has suffered the painful results of careless drivers more times than he can count, I am all for this kind of technology. My worst bicycle accident came, not as a consequence of an actual vehicular collision, but in avoiding plowing into a car that underestimated my speed and turned in front of me – giving me the option of T-boning the car or hitting the curb. I hit the curb, lost half of the skin on my face and the driver drove on oblivious to the fact that I was lying at the side of the road covered in my own blood. A helmet camera would have provided incontrovertible proof of what happened and who was responsible and more than likely, enough compensation to repair the damage to my bike.
At present, Chaotic Moon is considering licensing the current version of the helmet to sporting goods companies. The expected retail price would be around $300.
[via The Verge]