At POC, safety and innovation have always been their highest priority. First responders can now immediately access all the most critical information via an NFC chip on the new Ventral Air NFC and the lens of the limited edition Aspire Solar Switch instantly adapts to changes in light – without any additional power source.
Safety has always been high on the list of priorities for the Swedish brand, which they approach in three stages. The first stage includes the basics, like a perfect fit – only a helmet that fits well can protect well, the second stage includes the active, actual protection in the event of a crash, and the third stage is about everything that will help rescue the rider after the fact. They’ve already taken measures such as using striking colours for the helmets as part of the AVIP program, aiding rescue workers in spotting injured riders more quickly. What comes next? Valuable time is lost when first responders have to find out all the medical details, and in the worst case, they’re not informed about allergies or other special conditions.
Here the NFC system comes into play. The concept is very simple: using the app developed by twICEme, you can store all your relevant personal and medical data on the NFC chip integrated into the helmet: your name, address, blood type, allergies, special medical facts like a pacemaker, asthma and much more. The data can be accessed via the app or with any NFC-enabled iOS or Android phone. Rescue services are also equipped and trained to identify and use the symbol on the helmet. POC hope to see system reach the mass market and become just as widespread as the RECCO system.
For now, of their road helmets, only the Ventral Air SPIN NFC will have the system. Except for the symbol and the chip itself, the helmet is identical to the normal Ventral Air SPIN, except for the black and white colour scheme, which isn’t available for the regular version. The Ventral Air SPIN NFC is priced at € 270, 20 € more than the regular Ventral Air SPIN, and it will be available from spring.
Aspire Solar Switch – lightning-quick adaptivity without batteries
The new POC Aspire Solar Switch presents an exciting technological highlight. Thanks to light sensors, the liquid crystal film in the glass reacts to changes in light and instantly changes from a category 3 to a category 4 tint and back. This promises to offer increased safety, particularly on fast descents in changing light conditions (short tunnels or forest sections), as this will allow you to keep both hands on the handlebars. The best part is that it works with sunlight and doesn’t require an additional power source, allowing POC to keep it nice and slim and making the Aspire Solar Switch hardly distinguishable from the regular Aspire sunglasses – except for the sensors that shimmer through the lens.
The downside: For now, the Aspire Solar Switch will only be available only as a special edition limited to 250 pieces, and it will set you back by a whopping € 379.
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