Skully (helmet)

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Inception 2013[1]
Manufacturer Skully Helmets Inc.
Available Pre-orders August, 2014[2]
Last production year 2016
Website (defunct)

Skully was a brand of motorcycle helmet with a heads-up display and a rear-facing camera.[3][4] The helmet's software was based on the Android platform, and can be controlled with voice commands.[3] Users can see rearward through the heads-up display and the rear camera.[3][5] The helmet also includes Bluetooth functionality, allowing music streaming from smartphones.[6] Similar helmet designs have been proposed in the past including one by LiveMap[7]

The helmet was invented by Marcus Weller[8] who also served as the company CEO. As of July 12, 2016 Marcus Weller was removed as CEO and replaced by Martin Fitcher.[9] Fichter was an executive at mobile device company HTC's American subsidiary in Bellevue, Washington.[10]

As of August, 2014, the manufacturer was taking preorders for the helmet.[2] The company also had the fastest fully funded Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to-date, raising $1.1 million.[11] However, there were significant production delays with the helmet[12] including company insider accounts estimating no more than 20 to 100 shipped units as of July 12, 2016.[9]

Skully shut down in July 2016[13] and was expected to declare bankruptcy shortly afterward.[14] Despite having raised $2.5 million through the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, and an additional $11 million in venture capital from Intel and others, the company was unable to secure additional funding.[14] Former executive assistant, Isabelle Faithhauer, is suing Skully and the founders, Marcus and Mitch Weller, for fraudulently using corporate funds for personal use,[15][16] though Marcus Weller denied the claims of the lawsuit.[14] Skully was also sued by supplier Flextronics for over $1 million in unpaid and overdue bills and other related expenses.[17]


  1. ^ "Skully Turns Heads With Launch of Intelligent Motorcycle Helmet at DEMO Fall 2013". Yahoo!. October 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Chloe Albanesius (August 11, 2014), "Skully Augmented Reality Motorcycle Helmet on Sale", PC Magazine 
  3. ^ a b c Michael Gorman (October 16, 2013). "Skully P-1 helmet packs a heads-up display, rear-facing camera and Android to keep motorcyclists safe". Engadget. 
  4. ^ "Skully Helmet with AR and Rearview Camera". Wired. October 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Skully Motorbike Helmet Gives You Eyes in the Back of Your Head (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. January 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ Seth Rosenblatt (November 16, 2013). "High-tech Skully helmet: A Google Glass that's born to be wild". CNET News. 
  7. ^ "Official answer to the question about copy-cats Nuviz & Skully. | LiveMap: Motorbike helmet with navigation". Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  8. ^ Cava, Marco della. "Change agents Marcus Weller Skully Helmets". USA Today. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Mannes, John; Buhr, Sarah. "AR helmet maker Skully investors boot founders, replacing them with Martin Fitcher as CEO". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  10. ^ NW Tech Perspectives—Martin Fitcher on YouTube Washington Technology Industry Association (October 2, 2012)
  11. ^ Chokkattu, Jullian (14 August 2014). "The Skully Smart Helmet Is The Fastest Funded Indiegogo Campaign To Hit $1M". Tech Crunch. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
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  13. ^ Buhr, Sarah (July 26, 2016), "Skully has crashed and burned", TechCrunch 
  14. ^ a b c Smith, Aaron (11 August 2016). "Bankruptcy imminent for failed Indiegogo startup Skully". CNN Money. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  15. ^ Carson, Biz (8 August 2016). "Lawsuit claims startup founders used company money to pay for strip club, groceries, and rent". Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  16. ^ Collins, Andrew (10 August 2016). "Failed HUD Helmet Maker Skully Spent Funding On Strippers And Exotic Cars: Lawsuit". Jalopnik. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  17. ^ Kendall, Marisa (21 September 2016). "Skully: Failed motorcycle helmet startup hit with new lawsuit". Silicon Beat. Retrieved 2 June 2017.