Forcite Helmets have announced that they are ready to take reservations for their latest offering, the MK1S Smart Helmet. As a new player in the helmet market, Forcite hopes to deliver an enhanced riding experience, increasing safety and enjoyment using audio and visual enhancements, and advanced design and construction. We wrote about Forcite in 2019 and 2020, and it looks like their updated headset is finally ready to hit the market.
The MK1S comes after Forcite’s original release of the 1000 MK1 “Founders Edition” and 300 MK1 “Pioneer Edition” helmets for Australian riders wanting to contribute to the development process. Using their feedback, along with feedback from the cycling community at large, improvements and updates have been made to the MK1S for better comfort and usability.
Much of what the MK1S offers over conventional motorcycle helmets is housed right in front of the chin bar. A set of colored LEDs at the bottom of the visor can communicate to the driver’s navigation prompts, warn of upcoming traffic or speed cameras, or even road hazards. Underneath, an integrated action camera can record in 1080p at 60 fps.
Sound is delivered by 40mm Harman Kardon speakers housed in redesigned ear cavities. The visor mechanism and quick release tab have also been redesigned. The MK1S also features an improved “Premium” liner for added comfort.
Construction-wise, the shell is carbon fiber and carries ECE 22.05 certification, and the chin bar is designed with a unique shock-absorbing feature for claimed superior energy dispersion upon impact.
Another unique feature of the MK1S is the handlebar remote, which allows the rider to control navigation, music and the action camera. The remote control, together with the Forcite smartphone app, completes the Forcite “ecosystem”.
A YouTube video from Forcite shows the various features of the MK1S in action, and they take reservations for the headset on their website. The headset is listed for AUS$1,299, or around US$977 at the time of this writing, with deliveries expected to begin in July 2022.