Android based solution brings HUD GPS to motorcycle helmets
However, when you see the development and detail that has been put into LiveMap, a motorcycle helmet with integrated navigation, you are bound to reach a different conclusion. If you are a motorcyclist, especially cruising, this will definitely pique your interest.
While it is possible to use traditional GPS units while on a motorcycle, it is not ideal for a number of obvious reasons. Riding on two-wheels affords a number of great benefits, but also a number of risks compared to riding in a car.
In Russia, a group of engineers have been busy developing a fully integrated helmet with GPS using a HUD type projection on the visor. Based on the work that has gone into it so far, the end result looks very promising if they can gather enough funding to make it happen.
A final product is a little over a year away, but given what is planned, this will be a robust application with power to last for the long haul. Two 3,000mAh batteries, full color translucent picture which responds to compass and gyroscope inputs, a light sensor, and solid voice control tied together with GPS and 4G LTE.
What will it take to get one? $1,500 for early adopters. Given that top-of-the-line stand-alone full-face motorcycle helmets can go for better than half that amount, you can see they are squeezing as much technology and bang for the buck as safely as possible. Check out the pictures and video below and click the source link if you want one. They are focusing on English speaking countries first, followed by Europe and Asia. If the final product is a hit, it will be worth the wait.
source: LiveMap (Indiegogo)
LiveMap Motorcycle Helmet with Navigation
1. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
sick i would definitely get this tech if i rode my bike more
2. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
cool idea but it looks to obtrusive in the center. I would consider it if it were off center.
3. SprintGuy26 (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)
i think if they added some solar panels to charge the battery since most bikers ride when its a nice day out..it wouldnt be hard to add this feature (maybe throw a few $$ my way for the idea lol)....also might i add that u make the visor bigger (wider and taller) for the person to see more and maybe put the GPS on the side instead of right in the middle? i know my thoughts dont really matter but would like to say its still cool
4. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
I said the same thing about the off center GPS but good points on the solar panel and larger visor. I didn't even consider that.
9. cripton805 (Posts: 970; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
I think its going to function as a projector against the visor. A solar option would be a great choice considering its a low power device. I think the 4g and voice is a bad idea. That will kill your battery. Most places out of the city dont get 4g anyway. Most bikes I know regardless of cruisers or sport bikes like hitting canyons and back roads. Not cities.
5. joey_sfb (Posts: 3108; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
off center is important for road safety. I am using bluetooth enable helmet to read out text message and answer short phone call.
6. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 206; Member since: 14 May 2013)
Really nice to see some love for motorcyclists like me. But I think won't need this since I'm just traveling from home to work. Really cool though.
7. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Love the design but 1500 bucks..
Again, this shows how versatile and flexible Android is compared to other mobile OS out there!
8. cripton805 (Posts: 970; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Voice activation is a bad idea with all of the sounds outside especiallt if this helmet will have some form of vetilation. Only use manual control while the gps detects no movement. Maybe a bluetooth keyboard. Make it simple. Display a small map on the bottom of the visor to no obstruct your view of the road. Accidents happen in a split second. I would prefer the street name and an arrow on a strip on the bottom of the visor a long with voice guidance. I ride a motorcycle year around. I know whats up.