NUVIZ HUD for Motorcycle Helmets
If you're not lucky enough to be selected by Skully to beta test their HUD motorcycle helmet, you might consider joining the line to own the NUVIZ take on motorcycle Head-Up Display. The NUVIZ Ride:HUD, a joint venture between wearable display techies HOLOEYE Systems and APX Labs, is developing a retrofittable HUD attachment for helmets. Meaning that it latches on to the chin bar of full-face helmets riders already own. Meaning you don't have to replace your Batman head gear with a whole new apparatus to be able to keep your eyes on the road and your GPS, your telemetry data, your music playlist, the weather, and notifications that your mom is texting. Again. Don't you know I'm not supposed to text and ride, Mama? Geez!
But in answer to your question, I would like hamburger stew for dinner.
The Ride:HUD begins with a Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCOS) Microdisplay-powered projection engine to create an image on the system's transparent combiner surface (i.e., a surface that exists not on, but outside a helmet's visor). From inside the corresponding helmet, all a rider will see is this transparent surface, and the information it displays in the lower right corner of the helmet's field of view. Additionally, as motorcycle riders are aware, glancing down and back up to view bike instruments requires the eyes to refocus from objects at a distance to those directly in front of them. Ride:HUD eliminates the need for this optical adjustment because the focal length of its images is set at the usual distance of a rider's eyes while on the road.
Information shown on NUVIZ Ride:HUD stems from rider smartphones and the company's dedicated NUVIZ Ride:CLOUD app, available for Android and iOS. Within Ride:CLOUD riders select the information they want displayed, and control it with a Bluetooth-connected remote that mounts on bike tanks, handlebars, or fork clamps, and was designed specifically for use with gloves. In addition to the display options previously mentioned, the NUVIZ Ride:HUD can also take photos, record video, and keep racing times and stats at the track.
NUVIZ Ride:HUD has been designed to fit the majority of full-face or modular/flip-up street bike helmets. A visor is not necessary, as the device will function with goggles, or with the visor cracked/fully open. Its mounting plate attaches directly to helmets without causing damage, and the HUD itself locks into the plate. NUVIZ is also working on kit designs for adventure and motocross helmets.
Pledge for your NUVIZ HUD attachment on Kickstarter through January 6, 2013.