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Old 02-07-2018, 03:27 PM   #1
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Default Heads-up display for helmets

I'm an electrical engineering grad, and I'm a relatively new rider (been riding about three years). In my spare time, I put together a heads-up display for my own personal use. By chance, I took the helmet with me to a motorcycle show last month, and a few people I met said I ought to think about selling it.

I only have one, so I'm not actually selling it, but I thought I'd share it with the community to get some thoughts on it.





The eyepiece displays text in your field-of-view, so you can always keep your eyes on the road. It’ll display your speed, or basic GPS navigation, or both. It looks like this from the inside of the helmet:



All of the pieces are adjustable and they fit inside any helmet, so you can keep wearing the helmet that you know and like.

It works during the day, at night, and in the rain. All weather, all conditions.

As you can see, there is no frontal aerodynamic impact, because all of the pieces are tucked inside the helmet:





As far as safety is concerned, the eyepiece is made out of shatterproof glass, so even in the unlikely event that it breaks, it will hold together, just like a car windshield.

The pieces are stuck inside the helmet with an incredibly strong adhesive. Once placed, the pieces are damn near impossible to remove. You can try to yank them out, hard, and they won't budge.

Altogether, it costs $135 to make.

So, what do you guys think? Do you see yourself buying one of these, if it were available?
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Old 02-07-2018, 03:52 PM   #2
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very cool , now if you can make it smaller .. i would suggest bluetooth connect ability to use in conjunction with google maps or any map app . remember a lot of helmets have 2 way radios . being about to connect with the speakers in that for audible directions from your phones apps would be an important feature .
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Old 02-07-2018, 04:25 PM   #3
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I definitely think you're on to something.

The question is... what are you on to?

Fantastic idea, I like the simplicity, but as evidenced by the above post, I think (and feel personally) that I wouldn't spend that much on it.

Gee whiz item at this point..

I don't want you to think I'm discouraging you... quite the contrary, If it did more for the price point, I'd be hard pressed not to throw money at you... and by price point, I don't mean what it cost to make, don't worry... figure if it cost you $135 ea, you'd need to ask at least $300. If it had connectivity, where you could program what you could see? I could honestly justify putting down an extra $100-200 for it.

That's my personal, CONSUMER CHEAPASS evaluation.

What else would I like to see?

A bit more detailed GPS... With color changing arrows that blink based on proximity. I'd like to be able to program it with miles traveled. I'd also like it to display who is calling/texting me. I would also love to see when I'm out of cell range.

Any number of other little things that could happen if it were paired with a phone and an app designed to run the thing.

I know, asking for the moon.

I like it, but at the current stage in it's evolution? I would not buy it.
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Old 02-07-2018, 11:13 PM   #4
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https://www.ridenuviz.com/products/n...ead-up-display
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Old 02-09-2018, 02:44 AM   #5
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Excellent idea. The tech is available to do it, and at a variety of different levels.

Google Glass. I remember reading an article was (somewhere) made illegal to use when driving. There may be legal limitations once in production. Legislators seem to have nothing but pron on the mind.

I personally would walk away if ANY information is displayed centrally or anywhere even just halfway off center. Don't want that. All display needs to be at the periphery. All.

There is a display "puck" to attach to your glove and bluetooth to your phone for gps turn by turn directions. May still be available. Just a circle of LED's indicating direction by flashing codes. More and more urgent flashing for closer and closer to the turn. Something like that would be easy to put at periphery of vision.
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Old 02-10-2018, 03:53 AM   #6
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Yes... I would be a buyer. Want simple gps. Could be much smaller display than you used.
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Shatter proof glass does have shards when broken. I found out the hard way when I was a teen not wearing a seatbelt (last time that ever happened.). I would suggest Lexan or another appropriate plastic.
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Actually, the tech he used would make a VERY NICE display attached to windshield. HUD need not be IN the helmet.
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Thanks for the kind words, everyone.

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Shatter proof glass does have shards when broken. I found out the hard way when I was a teen not wearing a seatbelt (last time that ever happened.). I would suggest Lexan or another appropriate plastic.
That is a great point. I forgot about spalling. I'm going to look into using plastic to reinforce the eyepiece.
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Colin, I do think it is a good idea. However I think placing the lens group inside the helmet limits the overall utility. Using an aftermarket windshield with lens group offers more flexibility do to the larger canvas.. But, the utility of the item is still restricted to use only on the bike..

The nut to crack is to create it in the form of semi-normal eyeglasses. Putting it in a helmet or to be used with the windshield suffers the same fatal flaw.. It's useless away from the bike.

Having the unit project onto a lens group integrated with normal appearing eyeglasses lets the user use the technology in nearly every aspect of normal life. Much wider applications.. Much broader appeal.

I say keep on with the good work.. Apply for every patent you can afford.. and wait.. Wait for Sony, ODG, Snap or Vuzix to come knocking on your door holding a big bag of cash..
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