FAQ: UNIT 1 AURA: next-gen smart helmet for urban & road riding
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A project’s success is not guaranteed but we are what you’d call ‘Serial Creators’, this is our 4th Crowdfunding Campaign. We’ve always delivered to our backers. We’ve manufactured, shipped & delivered thousands of products to backers across 22 countries.

We guarantee constant, transparent communication throughout the process. We plan ahead and set realistic expectations for our backers, based on real experience.

Lastly, and more importantly, we include our backers in our story. From the moment they pledge until they receive the product, and even beyond that. We believe in creating products through the strength of feedback and collaboration.

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Do you ship to my country?

Yep, we ship worldwide.

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Are shipping and taxes included in the pledge prices? Where do you ship from?

Shipping and Taxes (such as VAT, when applicable) are not included in the listed prices. These will be calculated for each backer (depending on their location) after the Campaign ends, through our Post-campaign survey. Why are we doing this? Logistics Prices are super unstable and unpredictable since the COVID-19 pandemic. This makes charging for shipping now, months before delivery, super risky and inaccurate. Rather than overcharging or undercharging for shipping, we prefer to wait until closer to delivery and charge a more precise amount. It also gives us more time to find better quotes, leveraged in larger quantities.

Shipping will be done from our fulfillment centers in the US, UK, EU, and Hong Kong, depending on the final location of delivery. Having “local” deliveries really makes the shipping process much easier for our backers, but please understand that European orders will still carry the VAT of the receiving country. This and other applicable taxes will be charged during the Post-campaign survey so that we can pre-pay for your VAT directly to the corresponding agency and, upon arrival, our backers don’t have to face unexpected payments right on the door with their package held hostage.

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How can I contact UNIT 1?

You can reach out to us at [email protected] - our CX Team will be happy to assist you!

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How much does the AURA helmet weigh?

The AURA Smart Helmet weighs just 370 g / 13 oz without Mips. As a kicker: AURA is supper well balanced, which makes it super comfortable even for long rides.

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Is the AURA helmet ventilated?

The AURA Smart Helmet features 16 (sixteen) vents strategically placed across the helmet for maximum breathability. It is really ventilated.

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Does the AURA Smart Helmet come with Mips?

Yes, all of our helmets come with the Mips System integrated.

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Does AURA have Crash Detection? How does it work?

Yes, AURA has Crash Detection.

In the event of an accident, AURA can detect a hard impact and, if you fail to respond to our safety check, send out an SOS text with your location.

Once a hard crash is registered by the onboard accelerometer (mild bumps won’t trigger this), a safety check timer will go off in our App. If the rider doesn’t respond, the SOS is sent to the emergency contact you have selected in the App. The safety check timer and even the SOS message are both customizable. The phone screen doesn’t have to be on for this feature to work but the App must be open (with Crash Detection active).

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What colors does the AURA Smart Helmet come in?

AURA will start off with 4 colors: Blackbird, Stingray, Maverick & Chalk. As the Campaign grows, we will unlock new colors voted by the backers.

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Is the Magnetic Buckle strong?

It is very strong. It’s actually stronger than a regular buckle. That thing can withstand 65kg of load. It is worth noting that magnets bring the buckles together but the actual link that holds them together is mechanical, not magnetic.

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What certifications does AURA have? Is it safe?

AURA is E-bike certified with NTA 8776. Also, it is compliant with CPSC & EN1078. It doesn’t get safer than this.

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How long does the battery last?

Depending on your settings (since AURA is highly customizable), the battery can last between 3 to 10 hours of riding.

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Is any of this waterproof?

Yes, all parts of our Cycling System (Helmet + Lights + Navigation Remote) are 100% waterproof.

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Are the visors interchangeable?

The helmet features magnetic, interchangeable visors for Urban Bikes, E-bikes, and Road Bikes.

Switching between them is really easy, and they would never detach from the helmet - we have you covered there, as we know some rides can get bumpy.

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How do the lights attach to the mounts? Will they not detach while I'm riding? For example, if I go over bumps.

The lights attach to the mounts through magnets. Both the Mount and the Smart Lights have three extremely strong magnets.

Thanks to the magnets’ strength, it is impossible for the lights to detach from the mounts.

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Would I be visible? How many lumens do the lights have?

With synchronized light effects, turn signals, brake lights, and over 700+ lumens of combined output, you will be more visible than ever.

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How can I charge my lights?

The Smart Lights can be charged individually via USB-C or via the Charging Case. In this case, the lights will be charged during transport. The case itself can be charged (with or without the lights) via a single USB-C.

If you don’t order a charging case, don’t worry! You can charge them using any USB-c charging cable.

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Do I need the Nav Remote for Turn Signals & Brake Light?

Yes! The Nav Remote houses both the Turn Signal buttons and the sensors required to detect deceleration. Through the Nav Remote, you’ll enable Turn Signals & Brake Lights on all U1 devices.

Why do it through the Nav Remote? Firstly, we don’t want riders to remove their hands from the handlebar or fiddle with a glass screen to signal a turn. The Nav Remote features no-look buttons so you can operate it without looking down and without removing your hand from the handlebar.

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What is the battery life on the Nav Remote?

Super long. Over 30 hs of continued use. It is charged via USB-C.

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Why do I need an App for this?

The Companion App is the hub that controls all of your U1 devices. In it, you can track the battery levels of every device, customize everything (lights, animations, color, sensor sensitivity, active safety features, energy management), and finally, you have Crash Detection. This revolutionary feature involves both our helmet and the App. It requires an emergency contact set up and our timed safety check.

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I have a FARO Helmet, will any of this work with it?


The Smart Lights are 100% compatible with FARO, meaning you’ll be able to synchronize them, have all devices respond to the same Nav Remote (which if you have one already, will also work) and build your whole system.

The only element not compatible with our 1st generation FARO is the visors. This couldn’t be retrofitted BUT we will be launching the 2nd Generation FARO with visor compatibility. The same visors that work for AURA will work for FARO Gen 2.

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How is AURA different from FARO?

AURA and FARO cater to very different riding styles.

While FARO is a pure commuting helmet (short inner-city rides), AURA was designed for longer, more intense rides. We call it a Hybrid because it can work well on both urban or road riding. The interchangeable visors also enable AURA to be further customized for each rider.

The main differences between AURA and FARO are:

  • Weight: AURA weighs 370g while FARO weighs 580g. This is in part due to a larger battery and a bigger light footprint

  • Ventilation: AURA offers more ventilation than its pure urban counterpart, which is necessary for longer, sportier, or simply more intense rides.

  • Light footprint: FARO offers a larger light footprint, specially designed for the city. Customization: with its larger light footprint, FARO also allows for more customization on its lights than AURA. These include complex animations and RGB color control.

In short, both helmets excel at their jobs but they don’t really overlap. Much like different tasks require different tools, different rides require different helmets.

For a more detailed comparison, please check out the Campaign page.

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