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PhiPAL makes any helmet a smart helmet, and can even signal for help off grid

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These days it seems like everything is coming out in a ‘smart’ version. Smart bikes, smart lights, smart… well, you get the picture. Smart helmets are also becoming a thing, but there are different goals and ways to go about it depending on who you talk to. The latest offering from Saphibeat is less about playing music inside your helmet and more about keeping you connected, and therefor safe in case of an emergency. Also, because it’s not part of the actual helmet, it can be removed and placed on different helmets in your gear closet to keep tabs on you during whatever adventure you’re about to set off on….

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One of the biggest differences between the PhiPAL and other helmet monitoring systems is that PhiPAL has the option to work even when you’re off the grid. Divided into two products, the PhiPAL works only on the cellular grid, while the larger PhiPAL PRO works off cellular and satellite grids which can pinpoint your exact location and send for help in the back country. Both use an array of motion and other sensors to detect accidents to automatically send emergency SOS calls, or they can be sent manually through connected devices. The device can also be used for performance tracking and to create breadcrumb trails for others to follow.

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Features vary between the two levels slightly, but the biggest differences include battery life, subscription costs, and the size. The standard PhiPAL is smaller and has better battery life, but the PhiPAL PRO has the obvious advantage of satellite connectivity. Both devices also carry two batteries – a main battery and an emergency battery which is helped out by an energy conservation mode to extend ping time in emergency scenarios.

Another product launching through a Kickstarter, the  PhiPAL is still available for the Super Early Bird price of $99, or $199 for the  PhiPAL Pro. As evidenced by our post earlier this week on Brim Brothers though, pledge with caution.

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Oneacycle
Oneacycle
6 years ago

Usually my wounds don’t look like that until I rinse them.

duder
duder
6 years ago

Is it easy to swap between different helmets?

Packmearaft
Packmearaft
6 years ago

Ummm… Spot GPS for me please.

Johnny
Johnny
6 years ago

Maybe if they didn’t have cable actuated brakes, this guy wouldn’t have crashed.

SB
SB
6 years ago

ALERT: Z1 and XT 760 brakes DOWN.

Peter A.
Peter A.
6 years ago

How is the regular PhiPal different from ICEdot? (which I have). Plus, it’s service is only $10/year instead of $30, and easy to swap between helmets (even MTB and road). The Pro version is obviously a good option if you ride off grid.

Dylan
Dylan
6 years ago

I wonder what proportion of alerts on gizmos like this are caused by bikes falling over when leaned on the coffee shop wall?

Isaac Hunt
Isaac Hunt
6 years ago

That blokes gone and collapsed from heat exhaustion cos he’s got his full face helmet on for his XC ride. =)

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