Heads-up Display for Motorcyclists

Discussion in 'Bay Area Bikers' started by Greg White, Dec 12, 2003.

  1. Greg White

    Greg White Guest

    Here's the text - easier to read!

    -Greg

    Heads up: Local firm bringing cockpit display tech to cyclists

    By JOHN MARKOFF
    THE NEW YORK TIMES

    Fighter pilots have long been able to view flight data projected onto
    jet windshields within their line of sight. Soon recreational
    motorcyclists and bicyclists will be able to take advantage of that
    technology.

    Motion Research, a Seattle company founded in 1993 by a former
    race-car driver, Dominic Dobson, said that next spring it would begin
    selling an inexpensive information display system to be attached to a
    motorcycle helmet.

    The Sportvue head-mounted display will allow riders to see speed, rpm
    and gear position without taking their eyes off the road. The system
    gathers speed information from a global positioning satellite receiver
    attached to the rear of the helmet.

    The design, based on a patent co-developed by Tom Furness, one of the
    pioneers of head-mounted display technology, uses a lens and mirror
    and backlighted liquid-crystal display to give the viewer the illusion
    that the information displayed in the periphery of one eye is
    projected in the distance.

    Dobson founded Motion Research when he was racing Indianapolis and
    Formula One cars, and his initial idea was to use the display
    technology for race-car drivers. But the cost of producing such
    displays was prohibitively high a decade ago. He retired in 1998 and
    recently picked the idea up again because the costs of the technology
    have fallen significantly.

    "We realized we could build it far more cheaply today," he said. "Not
    much changed in the technology itself. What happened was the cost of
    manufacturing changed."

    Today, he said, the technology is beginning to appear in the consumer
    market, both in wearable systems and in some cars such as certain
    Cadillacs with systems that project driving information onto the
    windshield.

    But Motion Research will be the first company to attempt a truly
    low-cost consumer application. The price of the motorcycle Sportvue
    will be from $249 to $349.

    The bicycle version of Sportvue, which will be introduced sometime
    after the motorcycle system, will project speed, distance traveled and
    heart rate information, like current cyclometers do, and cost from
    $150 to $199, Dobson said. He said the company was also in discussions
    with helmet manufacturers to integrate the display systems into
    helmets.
     
    Greg White, Dec 12, 2003
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    notbob Guest

    Their definition of inexpensive is definitely different from mine.

    nb
     
    notbob, Dec 12, 2003
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    raghu Guest

    except for the fact that fighter pilots have a lot of training using
    them. Most motorcyclists don't even go to the MSF ERC...

    -raghu
    01 F4i
     
    raghu, Dec 18, 2003
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