Wang Qingwei reporting from Santa Clara
Yesterday, Taiwanese start-up company Jarvish’s co-founder and Tech Chief Liang Weiyang, Vice Executive Kang Chenghao, PR and Sales Director Zhang Youwen all met with Taiwanese media to show us their latest product, which will also be representing Taiwan in the Startup World Cup on Friday, the Smart Motorcycle Helmet. Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office Director Ma Zhonglin, Technical Director Ye Zhicheng, and Vice Director of the Taiwanese Industrial Technology Research Institute’s Industry Service Center Chen Liwei were also in attendance
Taiwanese start-up company Jarvish enters the Startup World Cup, met with media in Silicon Valley yesterday. From left: Chen Liwei, Kang Chenghao, Ma Zhonglin, Liang Weiyang, Zhang Youwen, Ye Zhicheng.
Ma Zhonglin stated in a speech that he came to welcome the Jarvish team that came to compete in the “Startup World Cup” on “behalf of TECO”, and also to congratulate Jarvish on earning a spot in the competition with their Smart Helmet. He indicated that what makes this product special is how it incorporates Internet of Things technology and voice commands to activate GPS, trip recording, music, and make calls. “This new design and invention makes safety helmets no longer just passive head protection, but turns them into an indispensable partner for drivers.” Ma Zhonglin wished the team good luck in advance.
Ma Zhonglin stated that in order to stimulate advances in industry and start-up creation, Taiwan is working hard to develop an environment conducive to development and innovation. In addition to passing the “Statute for Industrial Innovation and the Fundamental Science and Technology act”, Taiwan has also been establishing the market, expertise and funding connections overseas, especially in the Americas.
When introducing the product, Jarvish’s PR director Zhang Youwen stated that there are over 4.5 million people who ride motorcycles worldwide, but drivers have no way of connecting with the outside world while driving. “In Asia, more than 4 million people rely on motorcycles to go to and from work or travel. While driving, they cannot listen to music, make calls or anything of the sort.”
In 2016, Jarvish partnered with major Belgian helmet manufacturer Lazer to produce Taiwan’s first smart helmets, the Monaco Evo S series. These helmets came with the Jarvish voice system, a camera, climate control, Bluetooth voice control, the Advanced Roadside Assistance System, emergency alert notifications, Wi-Fi router, 1080p HD recording, 16GB of storage space and live-streaming video. When wearing the smart helmet, users can use voice control to check the weather, use the GPS, alarm clock, control music, start and stop recording, among other functions.
Co-founder and Tech Chief Liang Weiyang stated that there is a huge market for smart helmets and the outlook is good. He indicated that smart helmets must be able to work with other industries. For example, working with Chunghua or FarEasTone on communications, working with Softbank or Cathay Life Insurance for insurance, working with NEC and Panasonic for electronics, working with Foxconn for parts production, and working with Silicon Valley giants Intel and NVIDIA for machine learning and deep learning.