Thanks to Russian technology startup LiveMap, motorcyclists may soon be able to take advantage of a HUD like those used by fighter pilots as more effective means of navigation.
Soon, Tony Stark may not be the only one with a futuristic heads-up display in his helmet. Russian technology startup LiveMap has proposed a design for a navigation heads-up display for motorcyclists, like those used by fighter pilots.
Currently, the only navigation solution for motorcyclists is a mounted GPS unit, which requires the rider to look away from the road in order to see the map. That's where the LiveMap helmet comes in. With a display projected onto the visor of the helmet, you can keep your eyes on the road while surveying your route. The helmet also incorporates speakers and a microphone so the user can clearly hear instructions and send commands to the system.
While the helmet is slightly larger than your average motorcycle helmet, it is constructed out of carbon fiber, which is stronger than steel and very light, weighing in at only 2.2 pounds. According to LiveMap, the helmet's battery will last 8 hours and can be charged like most wireless devices today, via USB cable.
The LiveMap helmet is only in the prototype stage, but the company is looking for funding to further the project through the Indiegogo crowd-funding website. At the time of this post, LiveMap had raised nearly $2,200 of their stated $150,000 goal with 25 days left in the campaign. With the uncertainty surrounding any high-tech startup, pledge at your own risk.
[Source: Indiegogo via Wired]