Bike helmet displays real-time maps and more for traveling with augmented reality

Thanks to the Android-based software and Google maps, it lets you know things like what street you’re traveling on…

Story by Jaymi Heimbuch - Source: http://www.treehugger.com
Photo ©  LiveMap via Indiegogo

Photo © LiveMap via Indiegogo

Augmented reality comes to motorcycle helmets in the form of LiveMap, a helmet that gives you navigation information and travel statistics within the visor of your helmet, and can even let you know when you’re passing a cafe or other place of interest. It is a way to keep your eyes always on the road while getting help navigating to your destination. Thanks to the Android-based software and Google maps, it lets you know things like what street you’re traveling on, when turns are coming up, travel speed and more.
The team that created this navigation helmet is raising funds on Indiegogo to make the concept a reality.

Photo ©  LiveMap via Indiegogo

Photo © LiveMap via Indiegogo

Here are the helmet’s specifics:

  • 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!
Photo ©  LiveMap via Indiegogo

Photo © LiveMap via Indiegogo

As Dvice notes, “The helmet is scheduled to start shipping in August of 2014 for $2,000 each, but the group is offering the helmet for $1,500 for early supporters of the project on Indiegogo. International launch parties will also be held for the device next year in Russia, Tokyo, Barcelona, Athens, Rome, Berlin, and Paris.”

We may very well be looking at the future of getting from one place to another with turn-by-turn navigation. Is this something you would wear as a motorcyclist, or possibly as a cyclist? Do you think the visuals of augmented reality are a help or hindrance to safe travel?

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