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Text-to-Speech Coming to Skully's Smart Helmet
Wearable Tech World Feature Article
January 14, 2016
Text-to-Speech Coming to Skully's Smart Helmet
By Andrew Bindelglass
Contributing Writer

Skully, makers of the world’s first smart helmet, announced today that they had launched a partnership with NeoSpeech, one of the largest providers of text-to-speech software. The partnership will add text-to-speech to Skully’s already impressive list of features.

Skully already utilized a Heads Up Display that is comparable to the central display currently present in most automobiles. Through the display, the helmet’s wearers can change their music, make phone calls through a Bluetooth connected mobile phone, and use a GPS. The display also uses a camera in the back of the helmet as a rearview mirror function.

Despite the usefulness of all of these features, Skully was concerned that they could distract riders from the road. This drove them to seek this partnership with NeoSpeech. The text-to-speech software will replace most of the graphical aspects of the HUD, verbally giving directions or informing the rider who is calling them, giving them one less thing to look at and distract them from the road.

NeoSpeech CEO called this development “the future of text-to-speech,” also saying that “Text-to-speech software enables consumers to communicate with consumers in a way that minimizes potential harm and increases efficiency of operations.” For Skully, whose helmet aims to give motorcycle riders as much functionality while also remaining safe as possible, the allure of the increased safety and efficiency of text-to-speech is clear.

This partnership comes at a perfect time for Skully and is likely the final piece to their helmet puzzle. After a wildly successful crowd funding campaign at the end of 2014, Skully began shipping their products over the last few months. Integrating this text-to-speech software into their helmets should only serve to make them more efficient, safer, and more popular among motorcycle riders who are looking for a smarter helmet. 

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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