Quin Helmets is a smart helmet with the technology integrated. In this review, you will learn if this helmet really worth buying.
When riding a motorcycle on the road, the first thing that comes to mind is the road safety. And, that’s also the first and the only reason of why we need to wear a helmet to protect our head from injuries.
That said, there is a new smart helmet named Quin Helmets comes with lots of useful features built-in and is advertised as the “world’s lightest” helmet (2.8 – 3.3 lbs). That makes me wonder if all the spaces were used for the technology component, and yet it’s light in weight, is this helmet really able to take a hit?
This campaign reminds me of this smart helmet that takes Indiegogo by storm a few years ago with $2.5 million from crowdfunding plus an additional $11 million from the investors, and then turn out failed miserably. Is the Quin Helmets the next one?
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Review and Discussion – Should you buy this smart helmet?
Certainly, if you would like to compare the Skully Helmet with the Quin Helmet side by side, it’s a no-brainer. While the Skully Helmet is still struggling to climb back up to the scene, Quin couldn’t be the winner in both the price and spec perspectives. Meanwhile, each Quin Helmet costs you a hefty $300+ (with shipping) for only a few features that are not really a thing in 2018.
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Quin Helmet offers a Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity to your smartphone for map navigation, making/receiving calls, music and smart assistant via your mobile phone. These things are certainly not new in the tech helmets category.
Plus, since the feature is not standalone, you are expected to bring along your smartphone (total dependence on BT connectivity) with you all the time to make all these features possible.
Therefore, another concern of that is actually the battery charging. We know that hours of BT connectivity drains the battery faster (consider you use the features) and also gives you a hassle of charging your helmet every few days. So, it’s not surprising that you may leave your helmet uncharged and it will then be no different from your $40 helmet.
On the other hand, it may even increase your chance of getting the brain tumor according to this study.
While it’s still up for debates, there are a few short-term studies do suggest that the cancerogenic effect for prolonged exposure to radiofrequency. So, if you are thinking to use BT that frequent next to your brain, you may want to think twice!
Quin Helmet features a crash detection and SOS beacon in case you need a hand. When the sensor detects a collision, it instantly shoots a message (with GPS location) to the contact list of your choice. From the demo video, it’s suggesting that even a small hitting to the table can trigger an alert, if the sensitivity wasn’t adjustable, this feature can annoy your friends/family from just a simple smacking on the helmet. Also, since this feature uses your phone for the following response, it won’t work if your phone is not BT connected to helmet, broken or even if the phone battery is dead.
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Quintessential Design LLC is an India startup and the Quin Helmet will be manufactured in China.
Unlike the $1400 CrossHelmet (2017 project) by a Japanese company, Quin Helmet did not use some of the demanding features such as the head-up display, rearview camera, sounds control (important for the surrounding awareness) and many more, so that to lower down the cost at a much affordable price.
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Overall, Quin Helmet is working but not that well worthy for the price. What’s more, you will need to pay an extra $80 shipping fee ($50 for the US) for this not-very-techy smart helmet. As to me, I would rather get myself this helmet that I am pretty sure you will love it too.