Motorcycle Helmet with Hud
June 18, 2013 - San Diego, CA
A couple of months ago, Google Glass was unleashed onto the world with a flurry of excitement, anticipation and the usual dash of cynicism. In the wake of it, people began to wonder in what ways Google Glass could be used other than to record your fall from a plane (because that's something we all do often). Immediately, I began to wonder what opportunities the Google Glass technology could have for motorcyclists. Could it be used to make a motorcycle helmet with HUD? Check out my original article from March 6th on Google Glass and Motorcycles.
And it looks like I wasn't the only one who began to put Google Glass and motorcycles together. A Russian company by the name of LiveMap has put out the plans to start manufacturing a motorcycle helmet that uses similar technology to implement a Heads up Display (HUD) for navigation.
The specs for the proposed helmet include a carbon fiber shell that would bring the weight down to 2.2 pounds and keep it DOT certified. Of course, the helmet does end up being larger than an average helmet in order to allow enough space for the HUD projection. There's very little about what the liner would be made of, how the venting system would work or how the visor would perform. In fact, there's very little info on the helmet itself at all and the prototype shown features no venting ports at all. So while the HUD concept is cool, there's absolutely no promise on how great the helmet it is in actually is.
But the navigation system appears to be pretty interesting. It's all based off of an Android based system that runs through 4G LTE service and is capable of synching up with maps for countries all over the world as well as weather forecasts, traffic and points of interest such as restaurants and gas stations. And for the voice activated features, LiveMap used the same technology as Siri, the voice technology used in the Apple iPhone. Of course, the whole thing is battery powered and can be charged via USB cable, though actual charge time and battery life are a little unclear.
Interested? LiveMap has plans to release the helmet in English speaking countries sometime in late 2014 but for a whopping price tag of $2,000. If you don't want to wait till then, you can head over to their Indiegogo campaign and preorder one for $1,500. If you've never heard of Indiegogo.com, it's a crowd funding site, much like Kickstarter, that allows companies to be funded by consumers directly. LiveMap has set a goal of raising $150,000 for their motorcycle helmet with built in HUD. And with 25 days to try and raise that, at the time of writing this they have just over $2,000. If preordering the helmet is still out of your price range, LiveMap is also throwing release and informational parties all over the world. Secure an invitation for $100 and head to a helmet launce party. If you donate and they don't make it to their goal, they refund your money. Check it out for more information: LiveMap on Indiegogo.
All in all, I'm not sure I would be spending any cash on securing one of these yet, but it's definitely a product to keep an eye on. And I'm sure it won't be the last to try and implement Google Glass like technology to create dynamic HUD navigation systems in motorcycle helmets. But the real question is, would you ever think of buying one? Tell us what you think in the comments below.