While mobile navigation for cars has evolved into a staple, in-cabin feature, motorcyclists have been stuck with paper maps and aftermarket solutions for years. A new Russian company is out to change that with a helmet that boasts integrated nav. LiveMap uses a microphone, light sensor, ear phone and micro display to convey pertinent travel information in full color that the rider can control using voice commands. The system works just like the heads up display found in modern fighter jets.

The system projects directions in the center of the rider's visor rather than in the upper right hand corner as with Google Glass. The team behind the development says this actually safer since the light sensor keeps the directions transparent no matter what the time of day. It also allows the rider to stay focused on what's ahead of the bike. An integrated gyroscope and digital compass keeps the projection oriented correctly even as the user tilts his head or leans the bike. Very cool.

The LiveMap helmet is supposed to offer up to a day's worth of use thanks to a pair of lithium-ion batteries, though a USB charge plug can provide extra juice when necessary. Right now, LiveMap is sourcing funding through Indiegogo. The company is looking to raise $150,000 to create a working prototype. After that, production models could cost around $2,000. That's steep, but hopefully the cost could come down over additional generations. Check out the introductory video below for more information.




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      Korbin
      • 1 Year Ago
      For the battery problem they could install a small solar panel unit. This way they could have the helmet charged and over time with the use of the helmet as the battery dies you can turn on the solar unit. Though this is just an idea.
      Gorgenapper
      • 1 Year Ago
      No no no. In Soviet Russia, head is harder than helmet.
      Big Squid
      • 1 Year Ago
      When I ride my motorcycle, my biggest concern is the lack of distractions. I'm glad they're addressing that.
      Myfierro
      • 1 Year Ago
      in Soviet Russia, helmets are useless.
        Alana
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Myfierro
        Helmets are never useless. They saves our life.
      Frankie Rose
      • 1 Year Ago
      CBR1000RRA, check. Arai Corsair helmet, check. Cardo Scala Rider G4, check. Galaxy S4 android smartphone, check. Turn-by-turn navigation while listening to playlists? You betcha! Call some in contacts by voice? Yup! Hand free text messaging? Uh huh. My other Arai Signet GT has a Scala Rider Q2 paired to the Corsair so I can talk to my passenger, and I have a KBC FFR Envy flip-up that I've integrated a Recon Instruments Mod Live head up display into. Okay the KBC does not display Nav, but it does show speed, direction, playlists, caller ID and text messages. And it looks way better than this crap.
        Rob Cook
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Frankie Rose
        Replace your Arai with a Bell Star and the Cardo with Sena and I'm in the same boat, works great. I have a RAM mount for my old iPhone that I have the Navigon GPS app installed on. BT directions and music with comms to my wife on the back and visuals if I need it by looking down. What really interests me is Google Glass. That may be the HUD for motorcyclists that I've been waiting for.
      m3laszlo
      • 1 Year Ago
      very very bad business idea. Only a bubble boy, self-proclaimed "intellectual" such as an engineer could've dreamed up such a failure. $2Grand for in dash GPS might sell in cars, but not in helmets. My God, what a dumbass! What a typical Russian let's-not-invest-any-actual-thought-into-this dumbass. Very very few riders would want one, even if it were the same price as a regular helmet!!!! **Now if this were in a set of wraparound sunglasses; riders would be lining up around the block for it.
      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      Neat idea, but a motorcycle helmet is an inherently consumable item. Even if you treat it great, after five years, it's time to get another. Unless you can swap the components out to a new shell/EPS liner, I have a hard time seeing this take off.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob
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      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm confused why they would want the display to be reflected multiple times instead of just projecting it directly onto the visor. Also, it really looks like the image projection follows curved lines...not sure how that works. Cool idea, but as soon as a motorcyclist slams into the back of a parked car while using GPS, they're done for. I think they would have less liability if they only allowed the projected image while at a stop and allowed audio directions while in motion.
        akuma810
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        im not engineer but my guess would be that when you impact, you dont want to be slamming the front of your head on an electrical output component. Just a guess.
      Codeman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gonna be too big, too heavy, and too expensive.
      Rich
      • 1 Year Ago
      ... and what problem are we trying to solve here? As a rider I need to know what person is most likely to kill me, and thats about it.
      IOMTT
      • 1 Year Ago
      No thanks. The whole point (at least for me) of a motorcycle is to get lost.
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