Fighter Jet Pilot tech adapted for Bike Helmet

It started with astronauts and fighter jet pilots. Now, a Tel-Aviv startup, LifeBEAM, is entering the cycling world.

Its sensor-equipped helmet uses electro-optical technology to measure heart-rate from your forehead. The readout can then be displayed on a phone, watch, or cycling computer via a wireless link.

Physiological metrics… from your forehead!

Lazer’s GENESIS helmet is equipped with the optical sensor, which is placed on the helmet’s front and touches your forehead. The company cites the sensor “samples the blood pulse in a high frequency and transmits a raw signal to the processing unit, which is placed in the helmet’s back.”

Lazer’s GENESIS helmet with sensor

LifeBEAM dubs the to-be-released product as the world’s first “smart helmet” for cyclists. Beyond heart rate, the company says future features could include motion/speed measurement and crash detection.

The brand is looking to raise $50,000 in funding on Indiegogo to launch the helmet to the cycling masses later this year.

—Stephen Regenold

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.