LiveMap: Motorbike helmet with navigation

Unique hi-tech motorbike helmet with built-in navigation system and voice controlled interface.
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Andrew Artishchev
Technology
Moscow
Russian Federation
2 Team Members

Important notes.

We will deliver the products also if we don't reach the target - We've found investors

The project appeared to be so successful that we got many term sheets from venture capital. This refers to millions of USD. Currently we conduct negotiations with investors who contacted us.

In this way, people who would like to place a pre-order for $1500 but are afraid that we will not raise the required amount of money at IndieGoGo, should not worry, expences will be covered by venture capital. I’s not the time to be afraid but to buy it for $ 1500, with a discount, we will roll-up the production, there is no doubt.

 

Unique hi-tech motorbike helmet with built-in navigation system and voice controlled interface.

The Challenge

Motorcyclists still need an effective navigation tool except the usual paper maps or touch-screen navigators. Using maps requires frequent stops, navigators distract the biker’s attention and are not safe to be operated on the go.

There is a device that would perfectly meet the bikers’ requirements but up to the present day only fighter pilots could enjoy its advantages. Yes, we mean helmet-mounted displays.

 

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The Solution

We worked a lot and now have a solution:

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  • augmented reality for easy and user-friendly navigation
  • clearly visible collimated image i.e. it is always in focus, just like that in scope sights
  • full-color, translucent picture is projected right on the visor like in a F-35 fighter helmet, it's safe, provides unobstructed view, doesn't distract attention and eliminates the need for a separate display
  • supposed size of the system fits a motorcycle helmet - our helmet is going to be just a bit bigger than usual
  • two 3000 mAh batteries for a long operation time
  • microphone for voice control that keeps both hands free for driving
  • two earphones
  • light sensor for adjusting the image brightness according to external light conditions
  • G-sensor, gyroscope, digital compass for head movement tracking  (the picture changes according to the view direction)
  • our own minimalistic interface that will be used instead of standard Android interface. Thus you will not be able to play games or watch video on the go, sorry!

Despite sophisticated modern technologies being at the heart of product it is going to be easy to use. In fact, its future owners are going to touch the futuristic technology formerly seen only in sci-fi movies.

 

Pay attention to the above schema. It tells you why we place the image in the center of view field. That's because this is the area where you see best. At the same time there are areas (on the left or on the right for example) where your vision is not so sharp.  

 

 

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User Interface

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The user interface is going to be minimalistic and simple. The list of of voice commands will be short, all commands natural and understandable by context. For the case the user is in trouble formulating a suitable command the help option is just a command ("Help!") away.
 
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Overview map can be viewed anytime your speed is near zero (showing map at high speed is prohibited due to safety reasons).
 
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POI search and display is not forgotten either.

 

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Current State

The project got support of Moscow Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Enterprise; State Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in Science and Technology of Russian Federation; Skolkovo Foundation.Currently with their financial support we made prototypes for:

  • outer shell
  • electronic board
  • optics
  • software

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Why Crowd Funding?

Our project origins from Russia. Russian venture funds are not disposed to invest into hardware startups. They prefer to back up clones of successful services like Groupon, Airnb, Zappos, Yelp, Booking, etc. They are not interested in producing hardware either. Thus we got some grants from the Government, but this seed capital is not unlimited, and is intended for making prototypes. We, like Paul Graham, believe that the time of hardware startups is coming and they can begin a new era by crowd funding, i.e. fundraising and pre-selling.

 

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How We will Use Raised Funds

Money will be payed for making pressmolds for the helmet capsule. It's a rather expensive tooling and is vitally important for the whole project.

Please learn more about injection molding.

 

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Our Goals

We went a long and hard way. Our next, the most important and the most challenging step is to put all parts together and to start industrial production: 
  • complete engineering of optics and electronics for industrial production
  • finish the software development
  • conduct final tests and certification procedures
  • start serial production of the helmet
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2013, 4Q: Engineering and making press moulds.
2014, 1Q: Certification according to FCC and DOT industrial standards.
2014, 2Q: Producing a pilot batch of helmets.
2014, 3Q: Market launch in USA and Canada.2014, 4Q: Market launch in Australia and UK.
We have a dream and want it to come true. It's a chance to create some thing nobody created yet. We'll do all our best.
 

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Stretched Goals

300 000$

Bluetooth with headset profile (for using the helmet as a headset).

500 000$

Built-in high-resolution 13Mpix photo&video camera.

 

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Certification

The helmet will be certificated according to the following standards:

  • USA DOT
  • European ECE 22.05
  • Japanese JIS T 8133 
  • FCC

 

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Thanks to:

Skolkovo

 

Skolkovo Innovation Center

 

FASIE

State Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in Science and Technology of Russian Federation

 

DNPPPM

Moscow Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Enterprise

 

Mercator

Mercator Group

 

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Special Thanks to:

Aleksey KomissarovSergey ZhukovSergey PolyakovAndrey Skvortsov

 

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Risks and Challenges 

We can face problems when making press-molds, interacting with ODM contractors. 
Possible problems with certification.
 
 

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FAQ

Why is the price $2.000? Isn't it too high?

If you make a comparison with the price of a good helmet (whatever that means, it's a matter of personal taste), then add the price of a communication unit (for Internet connection and downloading of essential info like traffic, POI, weather etc. - supposed hardware specifications are going to be as good as of current high-end Android smartphones), and a price of a good GPS along with its mounting kit, the price adds up.

This is all integral, all for one price and the helmet will be made out of carbon fiber, as opposed to polycarbonate.

When the products are compared like-for-like, the price isn't quite as daunting. It seems steep at first glance.

Do not forget that we are planning to add Bluetooth headset functionality and a high-resolution camera if we raise enough money. Then add a price of a headset and an action camera (with projection optics like that used in reflex cameras and with 13 mpx resolution) and compare the result with just $2000 for an integrated device.

We think, it's a good deal!

What size will the helmet be?

The overall dimensions of the helmet will be slightly bigger than those of an average helmet (you know, we need some extra space for electronics and optics inside).

As for antropometry - we will make helmets of standard S, M, L and XL sizes, just as usual.

What color will the helmet be?

The prototype shown in the video is used for showing the overall dimensions and approximata shape of the helmet. Final color as well as shape details may vary. Yes, we know about industrial design and its importance.

How much will the helmet weight?

It will weight about 1.4 kg, as said in the video.

How do you load the map?

Maps are going to be pre-loaded, no need for downloading the maps on the go. You will be able to update maps on a regular basis.

How well does the head-up display work on a clear visor in daylight? How bright is the maps image at night

The image is going to be bright enough to be well visible at daytime (it's a very important point for us, be sure).

The image brightness will be automatically adjusted (dimmed) according to light conditions at night or at cloudy weather (we have foreseen a light sensor for it). Thus the image will remain well wisible but will not dazzle your eyes. 

Will your navigation system be online or offline (i.e. will I need Internet connection to make routes)?

You will not need Internet connection for making routes. We use our own engine to do it. Internet will be required for downloading updates, traffic information, POIs and weather forecast.

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Press 

Mashable

 

reddit

 

 

Gizmodo

 

 

Wired

 

 

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PR

Are you a journalist or want to ask a private question or need high quality illustrations for print? Please contact us  pr@livemap.info

Special for TV-channels.

Are you TV-reporter & need video for tv-news?

1) Please contact us pr@livemap.info from your corporate TV-channel email and we will send you direct link to our video reel (FULL HD, high quality video & sound, 2GB file). You can use it anywhere.

2) You can buy news-reel about our project at RUPTLY tv-news agency.

PS BIG THANKS all journalists & tv-reporters in the world, who made and will make news about Livemap motohelmet.

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