Livemap CEO Andrew Artischev sheds light on the HUD motorcycle Helmet and what's in store for the future.
Russian startup company Livemap has been in the development stages of an interesting new piece of tech—a heads-up display (HUD) motorcycle helmet with major capabilities. After publishing our story on Livemap receiving a big grant towards its development, Livemap CEO Andrew Artischev gave us an exclusive interview in order to provide more insight on the company and also on the upcoming HUD motorcycle helmet.
RideApart: How did Livemap come to be?
Livemap CEO Andrew Artischev: I invented the idea of a moto helmet with a navigation system in 2008, and after working on it for five years, I officially presented it in June 2013.
RA: A lot of people are on the fence about HUD helmets, do you think they're the future or a distraction?
Not the future, not today , but tomorrow, 2016-2018.
RA: Is it possible to make a HUD helmet that gives a rider the necessary information without it being distracting?
AA: Yes, if the optic system shows a collimated picture—focused in infinity—this system doesn't need refocus or near-eye-displays (clone Skully helmet, Google glass, Recon glass for snowboarding, etc).
RA: What is the biggest obstacle with your HUD helmet?
AA: Optic system, of course. Second would be the PCB board design because it needs to be energy efficient (because of the GPS—it needs more power). After that, it's the software/voice recognition technologies, but we've already done this engine.
Also, we have a strong opinion that we can't use micro-displays, only projection technology. I started R&D for this product in 2008 and am knowledgeable with micro-displays (clone Skully helmet concept), but we scratched this method, because it's not safe and it requires refocusing. It's bad for navigation because you can't see anything in the road at that moment. Also your eyes are working hard if they need to refocus many times.
Our team of engineers have the highest grade expertise (over 30 years) in development of all aviation helmets for all latest Russian fighters and helicopters! We recently completed the development of a helmet-mounted display "ORLAN-MK" for Russian astronauts working in the International Space Station, in December 2013.
As you can see, we're not inventing things in the garage with zero level of experience with optics and Head Up Display systems.
We've spent a lot of time developing a full-color picture. All aviation HUDs have only green colors, but we prepare multi-color versions because we utilize the reflection light not from special coatings (green color HUDs), but with special optics from the shape of the visor.
We've also developed a lot of time to prepare autonomy variant with high brightness, energy efficient, and safety. In aviation military industry you can't find this task because aviation helmets don't have autonomy and are not connected by a cord to an energy network airplane, and don't prepare for a crash. Because the airplane crashes it'll be an explosive crash where a helmet doesn't save you. Airplane helmets are only needed for oxygen, in working mode, and then for ejection from airplane in critical accidents.
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RA: Does your helmet have any real competition?
AA: If we speak about real product, product which has been successful on the market for a long time—no. But in marketing, we can see some noise from clones.
RA: Have you heard of the company called Skully? If so, what makes your helmet and company different from theirs?
AA: Official answer to the question about copy-cats Nuviz & Skully.
Photo by: Livemap.info
RA: Will your company create more than one variation of a HUD helmet?
AA: Our first plan was to make a full face helmet of an unusual shape (please see attach - different photos) by classic optic scheme for aviation HUD with optics over the head (for example HDMS.jpeg - f35 aviation helmet with optics over the head). It's a bit bulky because of all the stuff inside, but we kept researching and now here is the result of the hard 2 years of work: our optics are now small enough to fit a usual size and shape modular (or flip-up) helmet that will look and feel quite usual.
The smaller modular means no significant problems with certification or unusual weight distribution and can feature good aerodynamic properties, and of course this type of helmet is much more comfortable to wear and use. In any case the modular helmet will be useful than any integral helmet.
RA: Is there anything you think we may have overlooked in our discussion today?
AA: I invented the idea "motohelmet with navigation" in 2008 year and I personally tested all (and I do mean all) of the world-famous military HUD and aviation military helmet mounted display systems in Farnborough, other exhibitions (exclusive photos in attach) and private presentations. Some engineers from our team, also tested it. Optic engineers from our team certainly know about different ways in the optic and tested different variants.
Photo by: Livemap.info