Android Powered LiveMap Helmet, For The Bike Riders Of Future


Google Glass may be great but its not real made for the fast lane, so smart Russian inventors have created a motorcycle helmet with built-in navigation. The LiveMap helmet displays full-color, translucent images and text right on the visor, so riders can check their speed, view the time, and get directions, all without taking their eyes off the road.


Through Indiegogo, the device's creators are hoping to raise $150,000 by July 12. The LiveMap, which is only slightly larger than a regular helmet, includes voice control, a digital compass, and a light sensor that adjusts display brightness depending out whether it's dark or light out.


This helmet actually aims to scratch a particular itch. Motorcyclists need access to maps just like everyone else, but relying on a touch-screen GPS, smartphone, or whipping out a paper map isn't quite as safe when there is nothing shielding the driver from the outside world (and lets be frank, whipping out a map while driving isn't practical for anyone). Since helmets already functions as motorcyclists' windshields, they might as well serve as their navigation assistants as well. The LiveMap helmet places all of the necessary directions front and center.

Proposed features:

  • 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 - our 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. Thus you will not be able to play games or watch video on the go, sorry!


LiveMap helmet does not require eyes to readjust before looking at the material. Nevertheless, I wonder if having content placed right before a driver's eyes might prove to be too distracting. Concerns aside, the helmet will have support for 4G LTE, so at least the map data should download and recalculate speedily.
Android Powered LiveMap Helmet, For The Bike Riders Of Future Android Powered LiveMap Helmet, For The Bike Riders Of Future Reviewed by Daniel Weaver on Thursday, June 20, 2013 Rating: 5

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