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Forcite delivers the future of helmet technology with MK1S

Sydney-based Aussie tech company Forcite has delivered on its promise to change the face of motorcycle technology with the launch of its MK1S smart helmet. The feature packed lid offers a patented visual alert system, and integrated camera and audio functionality.

Designed to meet ECE 22.05 safety certification, the helmet is the brainchild of company CEO and co-founder Alfred Boyadgis, who partnered with industrial designer Julian Chow to radically improve motorcycle safety following an accident.

The duo’s vision was to create a helmet that no longer required bulky clip-on cameras or headsets, with the capability to alert riders of upcoming dangers. The journey began with the MK1, before a team of 10 Forcite engineers spent two years to develop the new model.

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With a $10.1 million R&D investment, the MK1S was born, and the award-winning invention now provides a more dynamic and safe riding experience.

“Where others use clumsy clip-ons to shoehorn tech into their helmets, we’ve honed every
part of the Forcite MK1S to create the next generation of smart helmet, Boyadgis said.

“We captured thousands of points of on-road feedback sent in by Forcite MK1 riders. Our design engineers used this info to craft more luxurious padding, high-end audio and to improve camera quality in the Forcite MK1S,” he added.

“Our rider alert system and peripheral LED display is even more dialled into real time road conditions, helping riders keep themselves safe. These are the most advanced Forcite helmets we’ve ever created. Motorcyclists are going to love them.”

Thanks to a reimagined road alert ecosystem, riders are connected via the Forcite app to
navigation, speed traps, mobile camera alerts and live traffic conditions. These are then
communicated via a unique in-helmet peripheral vision-diffused LED display.

Designed to be non-distracting, the animations communicate alerts to the rider safely. Whatever the time of day, the ambient light sensors adjust the brightness. No need to look down at displays, the Forcite MK1S keeps heads up and focused on the road ahead.

The Forcite MK1S also features high-end in-helmet audio, powered by removable 40mm
Harman Kardon speaker drivers. The redesigned comfort fit speaker cavity offers riders an unparalleled on-bike aural experience, in a seamless design.

Forcite MK1S
Forcite MK1S

The speaker system is paired with omni-directional dual microphones, tuned for vocal clarity and wind reduction for riders to take calls and voice-over video. In the new model, the camera’s colour balance and performance have also been lifted.

This means riders can truly capture their night-time riding in low light. A high impact design and wider-angle lens has also been added to provide reliable, continuous recording, even in the event of most helmet impact situations.

The camera offers HD 1080p resolution with 30-60 FPS frame rate, H.264 encoding and a quarter-inch Sony IMX sensor. Riders can share footage of their adventures via the Forcite app, and with in-app editing, these can be cut and shared straight to social media.

The Forcite MK1S has a redesigned 3D-formed foam throughout, with cheek pads and a crown liner offering a contoured fit. A new neck roll design with extendable chin curtain creates a tighter seal around the neck, significantly reducing wind noise too.

Premium sweat wick materials have been selected for durability, comfort, and fit, and the Forcite MK1S visor now includes the Pinlock Max Vision 120. The visor insert is made out of a material that contains moisture absorbing properties to keep the visor clear.

The lightest smart helmet on the market, the Forcite MK1S features a hand-laid carbon fibre shell, with ventilation provided by an eight-vent system with optimised channel airflow, designed to keep the rider cool whatever the conditions.

Following an accident, or even a dropped helmet, Forcite owners can send their helmet to
have the shell replaced (at a cost) and the tech components salvaged. All electronics will be checked and any that are damaged will be replaced at no cost.

The first release of the new helmet has already sold out and the second batch is selling fast. The Forcite MK1S is available for pre-order at www.forcitehelmets.com and costs $1299. First orders are set to be delivered in June.

Forcite MK1S
Forcite MK1S

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Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is a motoring enthusiast, with a passion for two and four wheels. It's pretty much a given there'll be at least two motorbikes in his garage and he needs no excuses to hit the open road. Andrew grew up reading magazines like Street Machine and Heavy Duty and has a love for all things performance.

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