Here at road.cc we're scratching our heads as to whether we think this would work.

It's a helmet containing seven cameras, that only activates at the moment of impact, giving a complete 360 degree view of the situation for the purposes of gathering as much evidence as possible.

It's fittingly named the 'Helmet of Justice', made by the US skate company Chaotic Moon.

Photos can be seen here, courtesy of Digital Trends.

It's clearly a great idea if you're hit by a hit-and-run driver, which seems increasingly common these days, but even if the camera manages to catch a numberplate speeding off into the distance, it's not clear whether that would be enough evidence to prove it was the car that hit you.

We can't help thinking it might be more useful if it was filming all the time, rather than just after the impact.

It's still only a prototype, which Chaotic Moon say cost around 300 dollars to create, and they're looking into adding features like GPS tracking - which could send emergency services directly to your location following a collision.

What is clear is that more and more cyclists are using bike or helmet mounted cameras to protect themselves and help identify dangerous drivers.

In Janauary we reported on another, camera the Cerevellum Hindsight 30 - brainchild of US designer Evan Solida - a rear pointing camera with an integral LED light with a bar mounted monitor that records footage on a continuous 10 second loop to capture video footage of incidents in which cyclists are hit from behind - by far the most dangerous form of collision if you're riding a bike. From closer to home we've got a RoadHawk Bullet Cam - which like the Hindsight 30 records on a continuous loop and comes with a variety of mounts allowing you to point it either forwards or back.

Whether the the Helmet of Justice is the first step in taking such technology to the next level or not, cameras and camera technology are going to become an increasinly commen piece of equipment or all road users..  

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posted by martib [37 posts]
3rd March 2013 - 15:16

Anyone going to volunteer to test it? Really what we need is flash video that recalls a couple of minutes before the crash not just 6 blurry pictures.


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posted by bikeboy76 [1252 posts]
3rd March 2013 - 23:25

Paranoia rocks. The enduring legacy of the computer age will be the ability to capture all the appearance of whatever shit just happened, with none of the thinking behind it. However many pictures, SMIDSY will still apply.

posted by sidesaddle [70 posts]
4th March 2013 - 0:53

'increasinly commen'

work experience week? Wink

posted by andyp [860 posts]
4th March 2013 - 13:57

SMIDSY drivers beware! Seriously, I don't think so. These cameras starting recording at the point of impact .... so by that time what led to the impact is in the pass, i.e., the evidence you need to present to the Police is not actually recorded!

I can see this happening: Head hits ground, cameras start recording, nice vision of tarmac and road ... yep real good evidence.

Not sure this is a winner at all. A couple of half decent cameras pretty much can provide all the evidence one needs; maybe three if you really want full on coverage.

Andrew

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posted by Aushiker [6 posts]
4th March 2013 - 23:43

After so many incidents and seeing so much hatred lately, I am going to get myself a front and rear camera. Not this one though. And I would be a bit worried about the auto-stop on the Hindsight 30. They really need to get teh tuning on it right. On the one hand, you want to be sure it stops if you are hit, on the other I wouldn't like to have to reset it after every pothole!

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posted by Tour Le Tour [91 posts]
5th March 2013 - 21:26