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Watch AGV's new visor go dark at the press of a button

Published: 06 March 2015

Updated: 06 March 2015

MCN has been given exclusive access to an innovation that will change the way we think about dark and clear visors.

This new visor from AGV changes from clear to dark instantly, at the push of a button, as you’ll see in our video of a prototype model that MCN is testing.

It uses LCD technology, bonding an ultra-thin LCD screen to the inner surface of the visor. Push the button to turn the screen on and it tints to a similar level to a black racing visor. Press the button again and it instantly returns to clear.

AG Visor before and after

The AG Visor will be launched in the UK in May and will fit AGV’s high-end helmets – the Pista GP, Corsa and GT Veloce.

AGV expect it to be most popular among riders using their GT Veloce touring helmet as they will get all the benefit of having a dropdown sun visor, without the downsides like added weight.

The AG Visor will cost £149.99 here in the UK, though AGV say they will give a heavy discount as an introductory offer.

The LCD screen is powered and controlled by a small unit mounted on the visor. It’s on the inner surface on our prototype, but will be mounted to the outside on production versions to allow the rider to switch tints on the move.

The battery lasts for a claimed 12 hours in dark mode, with a standby time measured in hundreds of hours. It recharges via a micro USB port and if the battery ever runs flat, the visor stays in clear mode.

MCN will be giving the prototype a run over the next few days, so check back to see what we think of it.

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