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Piers Tucker, a 24 year-old British graduate from Brunel design school has created a GPS-fitted motorbike helmet that displays information about speed , meaning that drivers do not have to take their eyes off the road to monitor their speed.

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The helmet, inspired by the "Head Up Display" systems used by fighter pilots, features a small display unit (2.5cm x 2cm), which has an LCD screen and can be seen to the left of the wearer's peripheral vision.

It displays the speed at which the motorbike is traveling, whether the bike has its indicators on, and what gear the bike is in.

Inside the display unit is a GPS chip, which measures the movement of the bike in nautical speed and converts it into a miles-per-hour reading. It then projects it on to a screen within the helmet.

Tuckers believes the system could also be adopted by parachute jumpers and slalom skiers and could eventually replace the need for dials on a motorbike dashboard.

From CNN, via Wired.
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2 Comments:

Like this other one (http://www.bmwworld.com/racing/f1/head-up_display.htm) , I am sure that it has lots of applications. However tracking speed with a GPS is probably not the best idea. Civilian GPS is neither 100% accurate, 100% available or in real time, so you will always get a lot of error and you wont be able to be sure how fast/slow you are going. GPS is good enough for lots of stuff and might give you good average speeds and positions but not instant speed and position.

Just get your GPS and watch it how you move (the error, you could be anywere within 100 metres) while u stand still in the middle of a field on a clear day.

Chris

Been waiting for this, agree speed should come from the bike itself, also a rear view camera is a MUST!!!
All bike mirrors are crap.

Also a built in mobile phone with emergency auto dial in case of impact.

Including turn indicators is sweet, I'm always leaving mine on.

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