LifeBEAM gets SMART, Builds Heartrate Sensor Into Helmet

Hate wearing chest straps but need to keep track of your vitals? As one of the latest Indiegogo projects to come to our attention, LifeBEAM’s new SMART platform offers the first smart cycling helmet with a heart rate sensor built right into the helmet. LifeBEAM originally created the technology to integrate into fighter pilot and astronaut helmets to monitor their physiological conditions for obvious reasons. With that success, came the next idea – integrating the technology into a cycling helmet to eliminate those uncomfortable chest straps.

Utilizing a high tech electro-optical sensor, the LiveBEAM sensor gently rests on your forehead to continually monitor your pulse rate. The information is then sent to the processing unit to correct for motion artifacts in the signal and then wirelessly transmits the data to any ANT+ or Bluetooth enabled smartphone, watch, or cycling computer.  Currently, LifeBEAM is working with Lazer helmets on the project and those who pledge enough for a helmet will receive a LifeBeam equipped Lazer Sport Genesis .

Continue on for a video on the LifeBEAM helmet and details on how to get one.


 

Curious about the weight? LifeBEAMs sensor and processing unit with its integrated 3 axis accelerometer and rechargeable lithium batter weighs about 50g. Add that to the 280g (M) Lazer Genesis and you have an approximately 330g helmet with at least 15hr battery life for continuous use. The LifeBEAM SMART Indiegogo page has all of the details on how to purchase one, which if you act fast as there are only 100 of the early bird deals left, can be had for as little as $149. Otherwise, pricing will start at $189 with free shipping to the US, with an estimated delivery of September, 2013.

Thanks to Jake for the tip!

Comments

Quinn - 03/07/13 - 12:39pm

at That price point, they may just have something here! though it is still out of my price range (I am not one to wear a HRM either) I was expecting $250+

Gunnstein Lye - 03/07/13 - 1:55pm

Nice! Now, integrate a full GPS cyclocomputer into it, with heads up display and augmented reality navigation, and there’s nothing left to say but “Shut up and take my money!”

DCR - 03/07/13 - 2:52pm

What if its cold and you need to wear something between the helmet and your forehead?

Eyal - 03/07/13 - 2:59pm

Get Google glass onboard while you’re at it. And audio via bone induction too please.

Charango - 03/07/13 - 3:09pm

So now you need to plug in:
1) electronic group battery
2) GPS computer
3) helmet

Don’t forget to replace your powermeter battery too! (speaking of which, powermeters should seriously use the di2/eps battery power)

Charango - 03/07/13 - 3:09pm

So now you need to plug in:
1) electronic group battery
2) GPS computer
3) helmet

Don’t forget to replace your powermeter battery too! (speaking of which, powermeters should seriously use the di2/eps battery power)

Andy - 03/07/13 - 4:25pm

@Charango:

I already plug in all sorts of stuff. What’s one more thing? We’re sorry if progress is getting in the way of the “purity of the machine.”

KochamRowery - 03/07/13 - 4:30pm

Now THAT is a good price. I’m pretty much sure they’re gonna earn more overall by applying this kind of price policy instead of doing it the Giro way.

Jordan - 03/07/13 - 4:45pm

I think it is a pretty cool idea… but $175 is too much to spend on a completely unaero helmet. Most would disagree probably though.

Andrew Priest (Aushiker) - 03/07/13 - 7:32pm

I sort of like the idea and as I live and ride in Australia where wearing a helmet is a legal requirement that aspect is no big deal, but having yet another device to charge puts me off a bit. Wearing HRM is really not that big a deal and I buy a helmet because of its fit and ventilation. This limits my options if I want a built in HRM.

Still good to see innovation happening.

Adrian - 03/07/13 - 9:50pm

Jordan, It’s a helmet and a HRM. Most would disagree with you. That helmet is hardly un-aero, and it doesn’t look like a spaceship when you hit the singletrack. What is this, Ironman Kona?

Mike - 03/08/13 - 5:56am

175 bucks too much? Give me a break! It’s 50 bucks to get a replacement braze-oin tab for my bike from a company (who at the moment I will not name) who decided that their warranty doesn’t extend if you move across the globe. 175 for this . . . done . . . heart rate straps are a pet peev of mine. Where do I sign?

heatwave23 - 03/08/13 - 10:56am

Love it but if I am unable to use it with a hat or sweat band it maybe a deal breaker

Dar - 03/11/13 - 9:30pm

What is that red mtb frame.

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