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.

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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

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I recently develop a great system to get me into some hard to find places by using my mountain bike and a GPS. I have an older mountain bike that is well tune and very road ready, and a Magellan eXplorist GC GPS to locate or log my treasure places.

I backpack everything nicely including my metal detector, Geocaching Magellan GPS, maps, food, water, and tools just in case my bike breaks down. I’m out there looking for the best cache, riding in makes it so easy to do. When I find my cache I can jump on my mountain bike and hit another cache. Using a bicycle saves on gas, maintenance to my car, and more. You also get outdoors and feel the wind filling up your lungs which is good for the body; exercise is the best thing for everyone.

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Having my metal detector is also great for finding additional treasures if I see an old homestead while looking for a Cache. I found a really old coin one day doing this and have been backpacking my detector ever since! I think I’m one of the few treasure explorer that does this, I have yet to see anyone do this, but once I did see another Geocacher on his bike and said hello with a big smile.

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When you’re an explorer like I am, you think of all types of different ways to get on treasure trove places that you can. I found the best way to do this is with this system, when you have a better access ability to the places that you’re trying to get to, you will find the use of a Bike and GPS is great.

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Using a bike to find treasure also has to be within reason, the places you’re trying to get to have to be fairly close, depending on the level that one is at physically. There is also ways of driving in your bike to a large amount of caches and riding from there, this also works well if you’re very determined and it’s worth the gas. Most of the time when biking I keep pushing myself to go longer distances and gain for the endurance and strength in my legs.

This great way to find treasure I think would spread if gas goes up and people can’t afford the treasure hunting hobby the love so much. If this happens I have the edge on the competitor treasure seeker because I have been doing it for a couple years now. Maybe other countries outside the US are already doing this, I’m not sure but their gas is much higher and the hobby of metal detecting and Geocaching is pretty popular.

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