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I'm an electrical engineering grad, and I'm a relatively new rider (been riding about three years). In my spare time, I put together a heads-up display for my own personal use. By chance, I took the helmet with me to a motorcycle show last month, and a few people I met said I ought to think about selling it.

I only have one, so I'm not actually selling it, but I thought I'd share it with the community to get some thoughts on it.





The eyepiece displays text in your field-of-view, so you can always keep your eyes on the road. It’ll display your speed, or basic GPS navigation, or both. The HUD pairs via Bluetooth to a smartphone. It looks like this from the inside of the helmet:



All of the pieces are adjustable and they fit inside any helmet, so you can keep wearing the helmet that you know and like.

It works during the day, at night, and in the rain. All weather, all conditions.

As you can see, there is no frontal aerodynamic impact, because all of the pieces are tucked inside the helmet:





It charges with a standard Android charging cable:



As far as safety is concerned, the eyepiece is made out of a ballistics-grade composite. I wouldn’t depend on it to stop an actual bullet, but it’ll definitely hold up in even the most serious impacts.

The pieces are stuck inside the helmet with the same adhesive GoPros use. Once placed, the pieces are damn near impossible to remove. You can try to yank them out, hard, and they won't budge.

The kit doesn’t permanently alter the helmet (i.e. no holes get drilled or anything like that). Removing the adhesive would take some elbow grease, but it’s possible, so it wouldn’t be like you’d permanently maim your helmet to use the HUD.

So, what do you guys think? Do you see yourself buying one of these, if it were available?
 

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If it's impossible to remove from the inside of the helmet, what do you do when the helmet reaches its end of life?
 

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I'm an electrical engineering grad, and I'm a relatively new rider (been riding about three years). In my spare time, I put together a heads-up display for my own personal use. By chance, I took the helmet with me to a motorcycle show last month, and a few people I met said I ought to think about selling it.

I only have one, so I'm not actually selling it, but I thought I'd share it with the community to get some thoughts on it.





The eyepiece displays text in your field-of-view, so you can always keep your eyes on the road. It’ll display your speed, or basic GPS navigation, or both. The HUD pairs via Bluetooth to a smartphone. It looks like this from the inside of the helmet:



All of the pieces are adjustable and they fit inside any helmet, so you can keep wearing the helmet that you know and like.

It works during the day, at night, and in the rain. All weather, all conditions.

As you can see, there is no frontal aerodynamic impact, because all of the pieces are tucked inside the helmet:





It charges with a standard Android charging cable:



As far as safety is concerned, the eyepiece is made out of a ballistics-grade composite. I wouldn’t depend on it to stop an actual bullet, but it’ll definitely hold up in even the most serious impacts.

The pieces are stuck inside the helmet with the same adhesive GoPros use. Once placed, the pieces are damn near impossible to remove. You can try to yank them out, hard, and they won't budge.

The kit doesn’t permanently alter the helmet (i.e. no holes get drilled or anything like that). Removing the adhesive would take some elbow grease, but it’s possible, so it wouldn’t be like you’d permanently maim your helmet to use the HUD.

So, what do you guys think? Do you see yourself buying one of these, if it were available?
I'd definitely buy it. Can't believe dealers don't have it for windshields, especially with cruiser speeds etc. On tanks.

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That's an awesome idea!

How would it do for somebody a little far-sighted? I have a hard time seeing the date on my watch, so would it be fuzzy to me? I don't normally ride with my eyeglasses on.
 

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I'm an electrical engineering grad, and I'm a relatively new rider (been riding about three years). In my spare time, I put together a heads-up display for my own personal use. By chance, I took the helmet with me to a motorcycle show last month, and a few people I met said I ought to think about selling it.

I only have one, so I'm not actually selling it, but I thought I'd share it with the community to get some thoughts on it.





The eyepiece displays text in your field-of-view, so you can always keep your eyes on the road. It’ll display your speed, or basic GPS navigation, or both. The HUD pairs via Bluetooth to a smartphone. It looks like this from the inside of the helmet:



All of the pieces are adjustable and they fit inside any helmet, so you can keep wearing the helmet that you know and like.

It works during the day, at night, and in the rain. All weather, all conditions.

As you can see, there is no frontal aerodynamic impact, because all of the pieces are tucked inside the helmet:





It charges with a standard Android charging cable:



As far as safety is concerned, the eyepiece is made out of a ballistics-grade composite. I wouldn’t depend on it to stop an actual bullet, but it’ll definitely hold up in even the most serious impacts.

The pieces are stuck inside the helmet with the same adhesive GoPros use. Once placed, the pieces are damn near impossible to remove. You can try to yank them out, hard, and they won't budge.

The kit doesn’t permanently alter the helmet (i.e. no holes get drilled or anything like that). Removing the adhesive would take some elbow grease, but it’s possible, so it wouldn’t be like you’d permanently maim your helmet to use the HUD.

So, what do you guys think? Do you see yourself buying one of these, if it were available?
How much? Make me one please! I'll test & review. Been riding 40+ years & commute I95 "suicide slab" daily. Can't divert eyes for a moment. Would Love to have hud. Maybe even a windshield model.

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If it's impossible to remove from the inside of the helmet, what do you do when the helmet reaches its end of life?
It's tacked on with the same tape GoPros use. A hair dryer can be used to remove the adhesive. I'd post a video of that, but I don't have enough Internet points to do that yet.

The reason why it's so difficult to remove is because I prioritised keeping the parts in place during a crash. I didn't design it to be modular so it could be swapped between helmets. It might be something to consider in the future, but I only use one helmet with gadgets in it (my other helmet doesn't have anything in it).

That's an awesome idea!

How would it do for somebody a little far-sighted? I have a hard time seeing the date on my watch, so would it be fuzzy to me? I don't normally ride with my eyeglasses on.
So, the eyepiece is slightly concave, which means it makes objects appear farther away. It should be fine for use for someone with hyperopia.

How much? Make me one please! I'll test & review. Been riding 40+ years & commute I95 "suicide slab" daily. Can't divert eyes for a moment. Would Love to have hud. Maybe even a windshield model.

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I haven't gotten the thing certified with the right regulatory bodies, but if I decide to follow through on this project, I can reach out to you then.
 

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Please count me in! I'm a retired Electronics Tech and I love gadgets.

I think this device would sell. Heck, just a few weeks ago I was wondering why no one had developed a HUD for helmets. Especially when you consider the level of tech out there today.

Let me know if you're going to sell/develop your HUD. I'm interested!
 

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I'm an electrical engineering grad, and I'm a relatively new rider (been riding about three years). In my spare time, I put together a heads-up display for my own personal use. By chance, I took the helmet with me to a motorcycle show last month, and a few people I met said I ought to think about selling it.

I only have one, so I'm not actually selling it, but I thought I'd share it with the community to get some thoughts on it.





The eyepiece displays text in your field-of-view, so you can always keep your eyes on the road. It’ll display your speed, or basic GPS navigation, or both. The HUD pairs via Bluetooth to a smartphone. It looks like this from the inside of the helmet:



All of the pieces are adjustable and they fit inside any helmet, so you can keep wearing the helmet that you know and like.

It works during the day, at night, and in the rain. All weather, all conditions.

As you can see, there is no frontal aerodynamic impact, because all of the pieces are tucked inside the helmet:





It charges with a standard Android charging cable:



As far as safety is concerned, the eyepiece is made out of a ballistics-grade composite. I wouldn’t depend on it to stop an actual bullet, but it’ll definitely hold up in even the most serious impacts.

The pieces are stuck inside the helmet with the same adhesive GoPros use. Once placed, the pieces are damn near impossible to remove. You can try to yank them out, hard, and they won't budge.

The kit doesn’t permanently alter the helmet (i.e. no holes get drilled or anything like that). Removing the adhesive would take some elbow grease, but it’s possible, so it wouldn’t be like you’d permanently maim your helmet to use the HUD.

So, what do you guys think? Do you see yourself buying one of these, if it were available?
I would love to be in the test market for this! How is it not already a "thing"??

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You guys are the coolest. I'll keep updating if things move forward with the project.
 

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What's the latest? How about integrating hud with media outputs?? Channel, volume, artist, etc?

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Well, a company called NUVIS is coming on-line with a HUD but it clips on the outside. I like the basics of this one better. Besides, I mostly wear a half-face helmet which NUVIS wouldn't work with.

If the speed display is GPS linked then it would be really great, as there are few bikes out there with truly accurate speedometers.

Garmin makes a HUD for a car that sits on the dash and projects up onto the windshield. I imagine with a small bit of fabricating it could be used on a bike perhaps (assuming it was bright enough) but it requires a smartphone to operate. I can see where yours might need a smartphone but I question the rationality of Garmin's since they have long made stand along GPS devices.

My preference for display are the speed, first and foremost, then the standard GPS info for the route to take, and where the next gas station is. I'm not really concerned beyond that.

Since I don't use a smartphone, and have no plans to ever have one, this device won't be for me. But its really slick and you should give yourself a pat on the back for it.

If you start up your own company I'll buy some shares!!
 

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I think this is an exciting product concept. Find a patent attorney and keep developing it. I would buy this.
 

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What I'd really like to see, as was already stated, is something for half-hats. I wear a skid lid if it isn't freezing, but if you could somehow miniaturize this reflector and put it on a small armature outside the helmet, I think you could be the only one who's gone that far with it.

Secondary option that would definitely sell to nearly anyone is a windshield option. A bar mounted projector and shield mounted reflector would be golden. Something you could aim.

I do have a question, though. Given that the concept of a HUD is based on a separate projector and reflector, if the reflector is in motion acted on by, say, wind, but the projector is stable, would there be any distortion?

Finally, though, I think you're original concept is fantastic. I'm jealous that I wasn't able to do it. The simple idea of having the display with shield up or down is really awesome, but the application is unique and well executed. Props on the concept.
 
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