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    Eddieb
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    An American company has developed new helmet technology that will soon gift motorcycle riders eyes in the back of the head.

    The Skully P-1, a motorcycle helmet with a heads-up display function, rear-view camera and smartphone connectivity, was unveiled last week at an international conference giving them a full 180-degree view of what’s happening behind them.

    The DOT-certified helmet was conceived by Skully founder Marcus Weller after he was reportedly involved in a motorcycle accident while trying to read street signs.

    To help eliminate navigational distractions, the P-1 features a head-up display – like that originally developed for fighter pilots – and similar to Google Glass, a device which has caused some conjecture in Australia and abroad. The HUD graphic appears in the bottom-right corner of the visor opening, out of riders’ primary field of vision and appearing to float six metres ahead, according to Skully.

    The helmet runs a modified Android operating system built to work with or without a data connection, and the display, which can give turn-by-turn directions, connects to a rear-facing camera with a 180-degree field of view

    More on Stuff: http://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/videos/9325947/Motorcycle-riders-get-Top-Gun-technology

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    Eddieb
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    Word on the net is that Skully has just gone bust.

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    Eddieb
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    The much-anticipated high-tech, promised-to-be-groundbreaking helmet from Skully went ass-up late last month. Now, according to documents filed with the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, Skully Helmets brethren founders, Marcus and Mitchell Weller, are being sued by their former employee, Isabelle Faithhauer who was “assigned responsibility for managing the books of Skully.”

    Found in the court documents are tasty bits such as Faithhauer claiming “the Wellers used the corporate entities of Skully in such a fraudulent manner as to render the corporate entity a sham.” Also spelled out in the document were these inappropriations:

    • A payout of $80,000 to a former co-founder of Skully was made and not properly recorded on the company books, and to conceal it from the accountants of Skully, by recording the expense as a reimbursement of expenses during a trip to China.
    • During January 2015, Marcus Weller took a non-business related trip to Southern California, where he rented a Lamborghini for the weekend and expensed it to Skully.
    • Four motorcycles were purchased by Skully, two of which were for the Wellers’ personal use. Insurance for the motorcycles was also charged to Skully.
    • In the fall, 2015, Marcus Weller and Mitchell Weller booked a non-refundable trip to Bermuda. Marcus Weller was not pleased with Bermuda, so he booked on 24 hours notice a flight to Hawaii, first class, at Skully’s expense.

    The list goes on – the document is 23 pages. You can read the entire file here. Towards the end of the complaint it reads, “Defendants, and each of them, did the acts herein maliciously, fraudulently and oppressively, with the wrongful intent to injure Plaintiff, from an improper and evil motive amounting to malice, and in conscious disregard of Plaintiff’s rights. The acts complained of were known to, authorized and ratified by Defendants. Plaintiff is therefore entitled to recover punitive damages from Defendants, and each of them, in an amount according to proof at the time of trial.”

    Skully raised millions of dollars through crowdfunding donations. If the Weller’s are found guilty, is there any chance a class action suit could return money to the duped investors?

    From: http://www.motorcycle.com/features/skully.html

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