Moscow: Russian-based startup LiveMap is working on a motorcycle helmet that essentially comes with a heads-up display, as well as a microphone to initiate voice commands, and an earpiece to listen for notifications and alerts, just like Google Glass. The entire system is integrated into the helmet, so there’s no discomfort when wearing the helmet and having various objects getting in the way.
The helmet will have a translucent, color display that”s projected on the visor in the center of the field of vision, and a custom user interface, English language-only at launch, based on Android.
LiveMaps is fully integrated within the headgear and layers information in real space. The “augmented reality” helmet display includes a light sensor for adjusting image brightness according to external light conditions, as well as an accelerometer, gyroscope, and digital compass for tracking head movements.
The company has so far built some prototype hardware and software for the helmet with the help of grants from the Russian government. The company hopes to launch LiveMap in the third quarter of 2014 in the US and Canada, and in Australia and the UK before the end of 2014.