Skully (helmet)

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Skully
Inception2013[1]
ManufacturerSkully Technologies
AvailablePre-orders August, 2014[2]
Websiteskullytechnologies.com

Skully is a brand of motorcycle helmet with a heads-up display and a rear-facing camera.[3][4]

Skully Helmets Inc[edit]

The helmet was invented by Marcus Weller[5] who also served as the company CEO. As of July 12, 2016 Marcus Weller was removed as CEO and replaced by Martin Fitcher.[6] Fichter was an executive at mobile device company HTC's American subsidiary in Bellevue, Washington.[7] The helmet's software is 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][8] The helmet also includes Bluetooth functionality, allowing music streaming from smartphones.[9]

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.[10] However, there were significant production delays with the helmet[11] including company insider accounts estimating no more than 20 to 100 shipped units as of July 12, 2016.[6]

Skully Helmets Inc shut down in July 2016[12] and was expected to declare bankruptcy shortly afterward.[13] 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.[13] Former executive assistant, Isabelle Faithauer, sued Skully Helmets Inc and the founders, Marcus and Mitchell Weller, for fraudulently using corporate funds for personal use,[14][15] though Marcus Weller denied the claims of the lawsuit.[13] Faithauer later dropped her claims, stating "a reasonable jury [could] conclude that my claims were totally without merit."[16][17]

Skully Helmets Inc was also sued by supplier Flextronics for over $1 million in unpaid inventory expenses.[18] The case was stayed during bankruptcy proceedings, and the assets were sold to Skully Technologies.

Skully Technologies[edit]

The assets of Skully Helmets Inc were acquired in 2017 by Ivan and Rafael Contreras, renaming the company Skully Technologies and relocating it to Atlanta, Georgia.[19][20] The new owners demonstrated a new prototype at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, with plans to begin shipping that summer.[21] The new company also promised to provide a helmet to anyone who had ordered one through the IndieGoGo campaign. The company sent confirmation emails on Friday September 21, 2018 to IndieGoGo campaign supporters that paid for the helmet in 2014.

References[edit]

  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. ^ Cava, Marco della. "Change agents Marcus Weller Skully Helmets". USA Today. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ NW Tech Perspectives—Martin Fitcher on YouTube Washington Technology Industry Association (October 2, 2012)
  8. ^ "Skully Motorbike Helmet Gives You Eyes in the Back of Your Head (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. January 15, 2014.
  9. ^ Seth Rosenblatt (November 16, 2013). "High-tech Skully helmet: A Google Glass that's born to be wild". CNET News.
  10. ^ Chokkattu, Jullian (14 August 2014). "The Skully Smart Helmet Is The Fastest Funded Indiegogo Campaign To Hit $1M". Tech Crunch. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  11. ^ "TheRideAdvice.com".
  12. ^ Buhr, Sarah (July 26, 2016), "Skully has crashed and burned", TechCrunch
  13. ^ a b c Smith, Aaron (11 August 2016). "Bankruptcy imminent for failed Indiegogo startup Skully". CNN Money. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  14. ^ Carson, Biz (8 August 2016). "Lawsuit claims startup founders used company money to pay for strip club, groceries, and rent". Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  15. ^ Collins, Andrew (10 August 2016). "Failed HUD Helmet Maker Skully Spent Funding On Strippers And Exotic Cars: Lawsuit". Jalopnik. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Lawsuit against AR helmet maker Skully over strippers and sports cars has been dropped". VentureBeat. 2018-03-07. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  17. ^ "Skully lawsuit dropped as fired, 'upset' accuser withdraws lurid claims". The Mercury News. 2018-03-07. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  18. ^ Kendall, Marisa (21 September 2016). "Skully: Failed motorcycle helmet startup hit with new lawsuit". Silicon Beat. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  19. ^ Buhr, Sarah (19 September 2017). "AR helmet startup Skully may have risen from the dead". Tech Crunch. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  20. ^ Locklear, Mallory (19 September 2017). "A new company is trying to revive the Skully AR helmet". Engagdet. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  21. ^ Tarantola, Andrew (7 January 2018). "Skully plans to ship its Fenix AR motorcycle helmet by summer". Engadget. Retrieved 15 January 2018.