LiveMap Motorcycle Helmet Sees The Future
A team of Russian motorcyclists turned to their own skills as engineers to design a helmet of the future. With an augmented reality GPS sy...
The engineers at LiveMap, a Moscow based company, became tired of the frustration of paper maps and touch-screen navigation systems. These motorcycle riders reached into the world of fighter pilots and pulled out a practical solution for riders around the world.
With support from Moscow Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Enterprise; State Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in Science and Technology of Russian Federation; Skolkovo Foundation the project creators are still seeking donations using crowd funding. For $100 contributors can help the project succeed and attend a "Launch Party" in a location nearest to them. For $1500 contributors are guaranteed one of these incredibly high-tech devices.
According to Skolkovo Innovation Centers, each helmet will be equipped with:
- augmented reality for easy and user-friendly navigation
- clearly visible collimated image i.e. it is always in focus, just like that in scope sights
- full-color, translucent picture is projected right on the visor like in a F-35 fighter helmet, it's safe, provides unobstructed view, doesn't distract attention and eliminates the need for a separate display
- supposed size of the system fits a motorcycle helmet - the helmet is going to be just a bit bigger than usual
- two 3000 mAh batteries for a long operation time
- microphone for voice control that keeps both hands free for driving
- two earphones
- light sensor for adjusting the image brightness according to external light conditions
- G-sensor, gyroscope, digital compass for head movement tracking (the picture changes according to the view direction)
- our own minimalistic interface that will be used instead of standard Android interface.
The project creators have 25 days to raise the needed funds to complete the creation process and launch production by 2014.