NUVIZ Head-Up Display
See The World in the Corner of Your Eye
WORDS: Zack Courts PHOTOS: NUVIZ
» As cliché as it is to say, the future is here. Well, almost here. Multiple tech companies are striving to be the first to deliver a commercially available see-through HUD (Head-Up Display) for motorcycle helmets. NUVIZ could be the company to win the war, as it claims it is in final testing for its universal HUD unit.
The system works by way of an LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) "microdisplay," offering information to the rider via a transparent display located in the lower right of the field of view. NUVIZ is designed to work on any modern full-face or modular helmet, attaching with adhesive to the chinbar.
NUVIZ, like many things these days, will link to a smartphone, meaning visual information on the display can be contacts, music streaming, and navigation. Other display options include weather, riding telemetry (via a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope), and performance information such as lap times and engine rpm. NUVIZ also claim an eight megapixel camera will be integrated, recording 1080p video at 30 frames per second.
Scheduled to be on sale in the summer of 2014, NUVIZ's target price is $599, which will make it an expensive but incredibly versatile and high-tech accessory.
Skully Smart Helmet
HUD Helmet Coming Soon
WORDS: Sam Devine PHOTO: Skully
» Say hello to Skully, a smart helmet equipped with a head-up display (HUD) to deliver a 180-degree rear view, GPS directions, smartphone pairing, and will someday even communicate with your motorcycle to put important data a mere glance away.
The head-up display is projected onto a small, adjustable prism located just above and inside of the helmet's chinbar. Skully will rely on voice commands (like Siri), acting as a digital personal assistant. Think KITT, the car from Knight Rider, inside your helmet.
Like NUVIZ above, Skully is still undergoing final development but aims to bring a DOT-certified helmet weighing less than 5 pounds to market by spring/summer of 2014, with an MSRP around $1,500.