Motorcycle Rear Vision Helmet Mounted Display

Motorcycle helmet mounted display to provide live video feed of rear view.

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Building my own Skully helmet (retail $1500) on a $100 budget since Skully was supposed to start shipping months ago and I still don't think anyone has gotten their helmets from them yet.

on my motorcycle, a 2013 Yamaha YZF-R6, and I suspect many other sports bikes, the rear view mirrors are more or less useless. Being rear-ended by a vehicle is also one of the most common reasons for motorcycle related fatalities.

Skully, a helmet manufacturer has been developing a helmet with built in display but retail price is $1500 and to the best of my knowledge they still have yet to begin shipping to customers. I had originally preordered one until I finally got tired of all their excuses and delays and cancelled my order.

I don't care about being about to see data from my phone like the Skully system is supposedly capable of. All I wanted was to be able to have eyes in the back of my head so that's why I built this very simple system from pre existing components with minimal knowledge in electronics. Grand total was under $100 in parts.


This document is instructions written by someone else who built a similar project quite some time ago. Just saved this as a reference.

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  • Project on hold until I find electrical engineer :/

    David Condrey11/08/2016 at 05:28 1 comment

    I've hashed this out pretty well and have been able to find sources for all the components I need but I lack the technical knowledge to do the necessary electrical work and I also had to sell my motorcycle a few weeks ago because I was out of work for a bit and short on $.

    I just got a new job though and will eventually get another motorcycle. But for now, due to these reasons, I've lost motivation in this project for now.

    I was hoping to find someone interested in this project and with the technical skill that would like to help me move this forward so if that someone happens to come around and would like to pick this back up with me please get ahold of me and I'd be happy to get back on this. Contact me at If I don't respond, email me again because I probably didn't see your msg.

  • US based supplier

    David Condrey07/30/2016 at 05:13 0 comments

    I just came across a potential supplier for the screens I've been looking for and they're US based. Just sent them a general inquiry and have high hopes

  • Potential investor / business partner

    David Condrey07/30/2016 at 04:46 0 comments

    started talking with an old friend the other day, gave him a brief overview of the project and he just got back to me today to confirm he would like to discuss further. will be meeting with him over the weekend to discuss what we can do for each other..

  • Still waiting

    David Condrey07/20/2016 at 07:42 0 comments

    still waiting for new monitor. Busy with life and other bullshit. Will come back to this whenever this damn monitor ever arrives. Ugh

  • Need to make this more compact

    David Condrey07/08/2016 at 18:29 0 comments

    while I'm waiting I have plenty more todo. All this gack is going to be packed inside my helmet somehow so I'm thinking of making everything smaller (except the screen). I'm going to chop off all the excess wiring and disassemble the RX unit to see if I can save any space there.

    I would like to reduce the rig to 1 power source because that's taking the majority of space and having a 9V battery next to my head probably isn't all that safe in the event of a collision and helmet impact.... :p

  • Waiting for replacement monitor

    David Condrey07/08/2016 at 18:22 0 comments

    While trying to mount the monitor in my helmet I damaged the screen. I ordered a new one yesterday but it's coming from China so expect to receive it not for about 2 weeks. In the meantime I sent an inquiry to a company named e-ink, regarding possibly sourcing a opaque flexible display to improve this project and make the entire face shield a digital screen.

  • Ready to test

    David Condrey06/22/2016 at 11:02 0 comments

    I acquired all the parts I need and mounted the rearview camera to the undertail of my bike earlier today. Wireless transmitter appears to be turned on. I spliced into the taillight power and the transmitter is also powering the camera.

    I will need to move the placement of the transmitter because I put it under the seat in a bad location that didn;t fit when I tried to put the seat back on. :/


    Wired together the monitor and receiver. They both are getting power and turned on when tested.

    I still need to sync the tx/rx and test that i actually get a video feed. And then mount the receiving side of things into my helmet. I hope it all fits.

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David Condrey wrote 08/27/2016 at 05:48 point

I found a manufacturer for oled micro displays but I have not a clue how to interface with such a component.  Looking for help with this in the area of electrical engineering.

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David Condrey wrote 07/30/2016 at 04:43 point

Hi Shinobi, thanks for your interest in my project.  If you have any interest in helping out feel free to send me a pm.  At the moment I'm still waiting for the new monitor I ordered from China a month ago, I inquired yesterday and they told me it may be another 2 weeks.  :/ I've also been attempting to source a transparent flexible display (think Iron Man helmet) and have found a few potential suppliers but have only received one response which was a dead end.  Also supposed to be meeting with a potential investor this weekend who I hope will help propel this project forward.

I could use help with any of the above.  Sourcing better parts is my top priority at the moment.

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Shinobi_san wrote 07/29/2016 at 21:59 point

I've just joined this website today with the sole purpose of following this project... I'm really looking forward to see what your finished hack looks like, thanks for posting your progress for all to see!

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