Skully Helmets Wins Distinguished SXSW Accelerator Award in Wearable Technology Category

AR-1 Helmet Selected for its Innovative Technical Design and Safety Applications  

SAN FRANCISCO – March 10, 2014 – Skully Helmets (www.skullyhelmets.com) has been awarded the coveted SXSW Accelerator Award in the Wearable Technology category. The groundbreaking AR-1 helmet that provides motorcycle riders with an intelligent heads-up display system, a full 180-degree rear view camera, Bluetooth connectivity, GPS navigation and voice control was chosen for its innovative technological design and safety applications. Skully Helmets was honored at a ceremony Sunday, March 9, 2014 and received a $4,000 dollar prize. 

“We are thrilled to receive this honor among this distinguished group of judges and entrepreneurs,” said Dr. Marcus Weller, CEO, Skully Helmets. “This is a great jump-start for the new year as we head forward to our product going to market.”  

The 6th annual SXSW Accelerator competition presented by Oracle is the marquee event of SXSW Interactive Festival’s Startup Village, where leading startups from around the world showcase some of the most impressive new technology innovations to a panel of hand-picked judges and a live audience. Over 500 companies submitted to present at SXSW Accelerator, where Skully Helmets was selected out of 48 finalists in six different categories including Enterprise and Big Data Technologies, Entertainment and Content Technologies, Health Technologies, Innovative World Technologies, Social Technologies, and Wearable Technologies.

The SXSW Accelerator Award is the latest recognition for Skully Helmets. Launched in late 2013 at the renowned DEMO Conference in Silicon Valley, Skully’s AR-1 helmet received rave reviews and was selected as DEMOgod as part of the prestigious event. Now a SXSW Accelerator Award winner, Skully Helmets looks to continue the momentum with an upcoming beta testing program, followed by market availability. 

For more information about Skully Helmets, visit www.skullyhelmets.com.

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About Skully Helmets
Skully Helmets is pioneering advanced Augmented Reality technology solutions for the head protection industry. Founded in Silicon Valley in 2013, Skully’s human centered engineering approach has led to the Skully AR-1, the world's first fully integrated smart heads-up display helmet for the consumer market. Skully’s award-winning Synapse™ technology platform enhances awareness of its users by linking advanced optics to an intelligent network of cameras, sensors, and microprocessors. Skully Helmets is a privately held company with strategic partnerships spanning the world’s leading motorcycle, technology, and optics companies.

 Follow the Skully Helmets blog at www.skullyhelmets.com/blog. 

About SXSW Interactive
The 21st annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin from Friday, March 7 through Tuesday, March 11. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2014 event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today. Join us in March 2014 for the sessions, the networking, the evening events, the 17th Annual SXSW Interactive Awards, SXSW Accelerator, the SXSW Gaming Expo, the SXSW Trade Show, SXSW Create, the Digital Creative Job Market, cross-industry conversations with attendees from SXSW Film and SXSW Music, and, most of all, the unforgettable inspirational experiences that only SXSW can deliver.

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