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

Gold Prospecting is a Great Hobby for Everyone!

Gold prospecting as a hobby has hit an all-time high recently, you hear about it everywhere.

There are huge amount of prospecting shows on TV lately and in public forums, Facebook and more! With the price of gold going through the roof and the economy still struggling as I write this article in 2014, it seems to be the best alternative activity to find some extra income.

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Dakota Fred – Gold Rush TV Show.

There can be some struggles to prospecting, it can get frustrating at times, one needs to be patience and do lots of research if they plan on hitting it big. It may seem like its takes a long time without finding anything. Keeping at it and don’t give up, take it slow and don’t expect to live off it. With precious metal exploration, there will be periods of success interspersed with frustrating dry spells.

If you’re a new hobbyist to gold exploration I highly recommend joining an organized like the GPAA, or clubs in your area, and establish Mines that are open to the public. Most Mines open to the public can give tours and show how to use a mini highbanker, pans or Gold Bankers. The good part about a these originations is getting directly to where the treasure is and they are with likeminded members.

The most common types of prospecting equipment are the sluice box, gold banker, pan, concentrator and bucket. Your average gold pan is very cheap; usually about 5 dollars, or free at a GPPA meeting, just check around, this is the cheapest prospecting equipment one can invest in. The sluice box is a little more money than the mini banker is the best investment in finding the most precious metals for your time. You can build a sluice box with little effort or material, the mini banker for its money is a good investment to purchase if you’re smart and want to have the best recovery.

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Panning for the treasure.

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Sluice concentrating the pay material.

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Mini Highbanker

Additional gold prospecting equipment consist of a shovel, pick axe, snuffer bottle, backpack, and a GPS like Garmin’s which has a APP for the smart phones you can use or purchase an individual units. GPS’s are great for locating and storing your locations to return to and keep a long of your finds. I have used my Garmin GPS to log waypoints and coordinates to some great spots, adding this to my info records to evaluate with old records to where the gold used to be. Most of the modern day explorer uses some type of location device, this will save you allot of time and energy keeping good records.

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What is also a good idea is to have a proper research system and knowledge for the above resources and prospecting equipment your better prepared to get on the gold. Spending some time to do proper research before you go out to a creek, river, or hard rock mine will save you allot of time and energy. Testing is also very important for the successful prospector. Most the exploration equipment we mention will help you do proper testing if you understand its capabilities.

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How I Love To Bike and Use My GPS To Find Treasure!

Get your bicycle & GPS to find Treasure!

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.

Get on your bike, strap on your backpack with a good metal detector, GPS, and caches ready for the hunt, you will wont regret this new way in finding the treasures!

Great tips to find a Cache at Metal Detecting

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Biking Adventures with My GPS

I love to travel on my mountain bike to some great places.

I use a GPS to get to these places and usually map it out before I go. Using a bicycle for my adventures makes it very easy and accessibly easy. I’m a avid bicyclist going on long trips, using my GPS to mark cool spot I want to come back to, and taking photos of my experience. When I get on my bike I feel free to go spots I can’t in a vehicle, you can just get to these places so much faster and its great exercise too!

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When you’re a consistent cyclist you will be in great shape, balance in a physical sense, you open up your lungs and feel great afterwards. I have done long travels that lasted for days while biking, backpacking all my gear and find great trails that leads to camping area’s I can stay overnight. The freedom of being outdoors and riding through the trails is spectacular for an adventurer like me.

I make sure my bike is up to the trip, checking all the gears which I oil them, tire pressure and taking a spare tube with bicycle pump attached to the frame. I always pack in extra previsions like water, granola bars, trail mix, electrolytes, power bars with high protein and vitamins to keep my strength up. I try to stay cool as much as possible, stopping at shaded areas for a few hours before I move on. If I find a good spot I have never been I will create a waypoint on my GPS and come back this for later use.


I once found a really old trail off the beaten path and did some exploring, finding some old rocks and gemstones which was really cool. I have even found old river channels and waterfalls which I feel were forgotten because I was so far off the trail. I can find these places on a bike pretty easy and mark it on my GPS map for my friends to also check out. It’s like a road adventure that I have discovered which most would pay for a guide to take them to, or park ranger would show them.

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I can create my adventure before I leave my house using the internet maps and upload to my GPS. I can be my own guide with the proper maps and coordinates to get me there. It’s pretty cool with the technology we have to get you to forgotten places most people would drive by and not even know it’s there. I consider myself a biking adventure or explorer with no limits to the places I can get to, log it in my GPS and then download the KML file to a mapping system keeping a data base of all my places I have visited.

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Biking with a GPS mapping system is the best technology we have invented, being outdoors and exploring these places is something everyone should try once. Check out all the online and off line bicycle, GPS, gear that fits you, join a club and ask questions to figure out what is the best setup for you.

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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.

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