Heads up displays have been talked about for years, they seem to come and go, just like the companies that keep trying to build them. If someone could get it right, they would probably have a pretty good market and that’s what this group of Russians is trying to do with LiveMap.
LiveMap will be sold as a complete system built into a carbon fiber helmet, no add ons attached after the fact. It will have GPS, voice activation, two earphones, gyroscope, digital compass and G-sensor, all inside the helmet. The information will be projected into a small image directly on the visor and it will adjust depending on where your head is pointed thanks to the compass.
A sensor will dim or brighten the display depending on ambient light. The display itself will have the minimum, but essential information in view, but when you are stopped or just moving, an overlay map can show greater detail. The batteries are said to last for the entire day and you can recharge through a USB cable.
Like many companies, they are crowdfundng the development, but unlike some campaigns you may have seen, this one has already made a lot of progress. They’ve received some grants and funding, but not enough to take it to a production stage.
Because voice recognition software is most highly developed for the English language, LiveMap will be introduced first in the US and some other English speaking countries.
The video below tells the story with a look at the people involved and you can see what they’ve built so far. I’m actually surprised some major helmet manufacturer hasn’t done this already, the technology seems to be there, it’s really a matter of bringing it all together, not a simple task, but manageable for the right team.
Maybe LiveMap will do it first with a system that really works, many others have certainly tried, someone will eventually get it right. Check it out.