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Old 07-30-2013, 04:53 PM   #1
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I saw an article in the Yahoo! headlines (also on YouTube previously) about moto helmets with a built-in Heads Up Display. The idea sounded great until I read the Y! article, as quoted:

Reevu is a company keen on reinventing the helmet as we know it. Most recently, the company touted a rearview camera that keeps track of the action going on behind your head. This is rather useful for motorcyclists and could be adapted by those racing open-top cars.

Now Reevu is looking to push commercial helmet technology even further. Get ready to get your fighter pilot style on, because helmets are getting head-up displays.

Already available in military applications, the helmet-based HUD hasn't trickled down into civilian applications... until now. Reevu has created a helmet that utilizes an optical display, which can be adapted to provide a wealth of information. GPS can be integrated to show directions; a phone can be paired with the helmet so that calls can be taken without a rider moving his or her hands away from the bike, and his or her eyes away from the road.

Reevu says that a system could even be devised to display engine data so the rider is aware of the current conditions of their machine.

At the moment, the systems are currently geared towards the world of motorsports. It's not hard to see this technology trickling down to everyday applications. It will need to be refined so that it doesn't create a distraction for the rider, but when done right it could be a great tool in keeping the rider moving along in a safer manner. An extra set of "eyes" is a good thing on a bike.
My thoughts?....

We're not "mini-cagers". We don't need to find ingenious ways to use our smartphones while riding. Matter o' fact, we think that people who are on the phone while on the road are stupid and dangerous. Hi-tech hands-free texting program? - Stupid for any vehicle.

We don't need a second dash, I think. As long as our speedo and tach are working, taking a quick look down is probably less dangerous than having some star-trekkie holo-image plastered over our view of the road. Besides, once you have a decent amount of riding experience you tend to know your
machine and ought to know your speed and RPMs by sound / feel.

And GPS? Could come in handy, I suppose. Frankly I don't see where there's any overwhelming need. Keeping a GPS mounted on the triple tree, or even stopping to check a gool ol' map seems to work just fine. Besides, a weekend joyride is more about the journey than the destination anyway.


... and at two grand a pop, methinks this is just a gimmick for people that want to show off how much money they spent. Otherwise I feel these things are a dangerous / unnecessary gimmick.

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Old 07-30-2013, 04:56 PM   #2
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I just velcro my cellphone to my visor and turn the camera on...
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I just velcro my cellphone to my visor and turn the camera on...
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