Taiwanese smart helmet maker JARVISH has been qualified by Taiwan’s NCSIST (National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology) for its Augmented Reality smart combat helmet system in the Ministry of Defense’s Digital Tactical AR Project.
To meet the rigorous specifications set by NCSIST, JARVISH spent three years to develop the prototype of its AR smart combat helmet. The system prototype was delivered in early August and passed technical inspection. The first few hundred sets of AR smart combat helmet system are expected to be delivered in 2020 and will be deployed for a field trial. The total requirement is for several hundred thousand systems to the Taiwan Army, the company said in a press release.
The helmet includes a transparent heads up display, AI-assisted threat detection and situational awareness, 4k night vision camera, patent-pending ‘super optical’ performance, long-range broadband ad hoc communication, and an intrinsically safe military-grade battery.
“Bringing increased situational awareness to the warfighter and combat commanders will give our customers proactive safety and a superior tactical advantage over their adversaries,” said Jeremy Lu, JARVISH’s CEO.
The idea for JARVISH was conceptualized after Jeremy’s brother was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident when he was hit by a vehicle that approached from a blind spot. Jeremy sought to make riding motorcycles safer through the use of technology.
JARVISH was founded in 2014 and launched its first smart helmet for motorcycles in 2017, selling more than 1,000 helmets in the first year. The company designs and manufactures smart wearable devices that integrate augmented reality, artificial intelligence and 5G. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, the company also has locations in Silicon Valley and near Washington DC.
The next-generation smart helmets, the JARVISH X and X-AR can be pre-ordered on Indiegogo with shipments in the U.S. starting in late 2019.
JARVISH also plans on expanding its product portfolio in the U.S. with smart field engineering, law enforcement, and military helmets in 2020.