The New Helmet For Motorcyclists Is Smart

Thursday, September 30, 2004 Posted: 8:23 AM EDT (1223 GMT) 

LONDON, England (CNN) — A British design graduate has come up with a way to make the road a safer place for motorbike riders, using technology originally developed for jet fighter pilots.

an image of motorcyclist and helment

Piers Tucker, 24, of Yorkshire, has created a motorbike helmet that is fitted with GPS technology, which displays information about what speed the bike is traveling.

The device means that the driver does not have to take their eyes off the road to monitor their speed.

Tucker says the idea is based on “Head Up Display” systems used by fighter pilots.

Although he does not ride a motorbike himself, he is a Formula One enthusiast and also has a passion for electronics and physics.

His invention is a result of combining the two interests, he says.

He believes the device will be a lifesaver and he would like to see it become a common accessory for motorbike riders within five years, used by both racers and everyday commuters.

“As soon as you take your eyes off the road, you’re potentially causing a hazard,” Tucker says.

The helmet is fitted with a small display unit, measuring approximately 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 by displaying a light either side of the screen, and what gear the bike is in.

When the indicators are on, the unit also makes a sound so that the driver is aware both visually and aurally.

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.

Tucker says the technology is a lot more accurate than the speedometers currently fitted in most standard vehicles.

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

His prototype is the result of months of research and experimentation, testing the GPS technology on a second hand racing-standard helmet he purchased off eBay.

A lot of his research was undertaken in sophisticated multimedia laboratories and testing was done by high-tech simulators, both are at Brunel University in London, where Tucker has recently graduated with an industrial design and technology degree.

Motorcycle News acting Editor Sean Warwick told CNN he believes there is a big market for Tucker’s idea.

“I think a lot of motorcyclists would be very excited about it,” he says.

“The main benefit, from a motorcyclist’s point of view, is that they have to spend so much time watching out for dangers on the road because they are that much more vulnerable.”

Warwick says the potential for using GPS technology within motorcycle helmets is great. It could also be used to detect hazards on the road, including potholes and manhole covers, he says.

Some car manufacturers have experimented with a similar system, displaying speed information on the vehicle’s windscreen, in the driver’s line of vision.

Found at – CNN

Biking and Metal Detecting

Do you or anyone else ride a bicycle and take your metal detector to your hunts?

I love to do this for many reasons; there are a lot of advantages. Almost all of my finds have been within few miles to my home. I put my metal detector and accessories like batteries, water, food, mini shovel, and more metal detecting equipment in a backpack and ride to my top metal detecting spots. I also like to stop on the way and get some food while looking for and acquiring permission to metal detect, it’s very convenient if your love both sports/hobby. I also use a GPS to mark my spots while I’m out, and have one mounted on my bike to navigate me to my treasure detecting spots. I tear down my metal detector and put it in my backpack which only takes a few moments. When I get to the place I want to metal detect I’m ready to hunt in just about 5 minutes or sooner. When I’m done metal detecting that spot, Steve from Sydney Brothels and I can put everything back into my backpack and take off to the next place. It’s makes my biking trips more adventures when you know your metal detecting and possibly find some treasure, gold rings, old coins, relics and more.

Here are some advantages to using a bicycle for metal detecting into your favorite treasure hunts,

  • You can get to inaccessible places that a car cant, but a bike can.
  • You can cover more area on a bicycle and it’s really easy to get on pathways cutting through to your spot.
  • Its great exercise and you can do both sports/hobby at the same time
  • The convenience of going just about anywhere you want is unlimited, there is treasure everywhere and when you bike your metal detector around you can stop and search.
  • I have spent many days driving in my car looking at places I wish I could metal detect, when I bicycle or bike my metal detector around I can stop and hunt at that moment.
  • Using a bike or bicycle to get to a beach front to metal detect it’s really great because the ocean fronts are so large and you can see the best place to get a lot easier than in a car. This is by far the best way to metal detect while biking.
  • I have even use a Recumbent Trike with a mounted GPS on the handle bars and pack in my metal detector.
  • There are so many metal detecting tools out there to help you pack your way into some great spots.

Conclusion to biking and metal detecting.

So the next time you think about going metal detecting, you might want to consider biking or bicycling to a place, use a GPS to get there or create a waypoint to that spot, get some exercise, experience the freedom of going to any hunts allot easier and enjoy the adventure, the exercise and the freedom of it.

Thanks for reading all about metal detecting while on a bicycle, motorcycle, motor bike using at times a GPS to find or save a waypoint and more.