Jun.18, 2013

Motorcyclists need an effective navigation tool - so what about a Google Glass built into a motorcycle helmet that could direct motorcyclist on the way.

LiveMap, a startup out of Russia has designed a unique hi-tech motorbike helmet with built-in navigation system, a head-mounted display and Siri-like voice recognition.

Full-color, translucent picture is projected right on the visor to keep it safe for the rider. The "augmented reality" helmet display includes a light sensor for adjusting the image brightness according to external light conditions. And G-sensor, gyroscope, digital compass can track head movement.

Maps will be powered by Navteq and voice commands handled by Nuance. The user interface is going to be minimalistic and simple. The list of of voice commands will be short, all commands natural and understandable by context. Overview map can only be viewed when your speed is near zero for safety reason.

The prototype is printed on a 3D printer. The company says the final product has carbon fibre construction which will be relatively light, about 1.4kg.

LiveMap has been working on the project for last five years. The project has $US1 million in backing from the Russian government and is looking to raise $US150,000 on Indiegogo to make press molds for the helmet capsule. With a $1,500 contribution, you can own a limited "Hero Edition" helmet. The helmet is expected to retail at $2,000.

The company hopes to launch LiveMap in the third quarter of 2014 in the U.S. and Canada, and in Australia and the U.K. in the 4th quarter of 2014.



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