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Heads Up Display for Motorcyclists Gives me a Headache

By James - 2/2/2005

I just read Heads Up Display for Motorcyclists over at BikerNewsOnline and got excited about the advancement. But then I got to thinking . . . Can people (can I) focus on a visor when it is only 3 inches from your eye? I just did an experiment and I wrote “Hello World” on a Post-it and put it on my visor. I put on the helmet and I couldn’t read it. It was too close. Anybody know the workaround for this other than moving the visor out to 6 inches?



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  1. I think your not doing it right. Since the heads up display is reflected on the shield, it won’t be the same as an opaque post it note.

    If you have one of those cheap toy laser pointers with the tips that are interchangeable to provide different shapes, you can emulate the translucent heads up display.

    Take the laser thingy and slip it under the chin gaurd and point it at the shield. The image should reflect on the visor. Once that is done, you peripheral vision should be able to see the shape even when you are focusing to the distance, and it should come into focus when you look directly at the reflection.

    Oh yeah, don’t look at the laser with you remaining good eye if you have already done so. :)

    (Made a simple radar detector warning led heads up inside a helmet for a friend who didn’t want it to be noticeable . The led reflected off the visor and would blink when detecting signals. He hid the detector under the bikes seat with a small cord going into his helmet) Radar was/is illegal where he lived.)

    Comment by Kevin Haryett — 2/2/2005 @ 1:26 pm

  2. Hello James,

    We were sent a link which led to your comment regarding our SportVue Heads Up Display (HUD). One of the technologies we have that makes SportVue HUD work is the optics system that focuses the image to near infinity. Therefore, the image is not seen like a note 3″ from your eye. Instead, the image is projected thru a patented optic system which makes it focused at a distance similar to your focal point during normal riding (20+ feet). We hope this helps.

    Comment by The SportVue Team — 2/2/2005 @ 2:55 pm

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