Cyborg 360 Flir AR HUD Motorcycle Helmet

Worlds Largest 7" Diagnal personal AR display in a motorcycle helmet, see 360 degree view, smart interface. Flir, IR and Ultrasonic

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This is my Hackaday Human computer interface challenge submission.

I introduce an open project that brings you the largest augmented reality smart heads up display in a motorcycle helmet in the world. 7" stretched diagonally with stereoscopic vision overlays. I intend on using two 3.5 inch screens side by side. Previously similar ambitions brought tiny screens less than an inch in size with minimal information and usefulness.

Primary features
- 7 inch wide screen heads of display 267 ppi.
- navigation, media, screen mirroring from phones
- 360 degree view fed to the rider, no blindspots
- 360 degree action cam quality recording
- weather and traffic updates based on location
- communicate with your friends and other riders by a variety of methods from text to voice

Advanced Features
- Flir thermal view
- Machine vision , object and sign recognition
- emergency vehicle detection
- IR night vision enables enhanced view in the dark.

Versions and Progress plan in this project.

Version 1

Hack up optics of existing AR headset to fin inside a motorcycle helmet

Version 2

3d printed files give anyone with a printer the power to do some customizing themselves and avoid purchasing existing equipment to cut up for parts.

360 degree live view, 3 cameras , one forward and two in the back both left and right.

Automotive grade Ultrasonic sensors for sides and rear and blind spots

Display vehicle telemetry , Speed, Rpm , Blinker, Gear selection, fuel estimation, blinker and brakes

Connect to phone for calls, blue tooth and navigation , traffic alerts

Connect to Wifi, listen to radio, music or watch news reports on traffic

  • 2 × 800 x 480 IPS 3.5" Display 267ppi This is the best screen I found for the money, $32 each including the shipping. High native resolution and frame rate should allow for smooth video and crisp images.
  • 1 × Storm1 Modular Donor Helmet
  • 3 × Raspberry Pi 3B
  • 3 × Raspberry Pi 5 mp no IR cameras
  • 1 × Ez Robot Ezb mini

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  • 1
    Donor Helmet

    remove the padding and foam shell, do so carefully so they can be put back later. They are usually hot glued in or velcro. Remove the windshield visor as well. This was a samsung vr headset modified for AR use, but I wanted to have better peripheral vision, so I gutted a AR lenovo headset which the frame already had open sides accomplishing this goal.

  • 2
    Donor AR Optics

    Open up the donor AR helmet, IN my case I used a Lenovo Mirage from the star wars game to rob the optics. I removed all teh electronics to leave and empty frame with the mirror and lenses.

  • 3
    Measure the opening you have for your donor optics

    In my case I have about 7.25 inch opening diagnal.

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Paul Crouch wrote 04/12/2019 at 08:48 point

Josh, what's the latest on this?

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Josh Starnes wrote 07/24/2018 at 16:40 point

I just ordered the lcd screens, I am going with 3 x 3.5 inch 800 x 400 res.

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Josh Starnes wrote 07/21/2018 at 20:29 point

yes a 12v quick release connector. The added weight is negligible. I am using 3d printing for mounting pieces and such. There will be a pi 3 or a latte panda. I am considering having a brain box magnetically stick to the tank with a tether to the helmet feeding the power and signal to the lcd displays.

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Paul Crouch wrote 07/22/2018 at 01:08 point

Cool. I'm watching with interest, particularly how you're going package the LCD(s).

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Paul Crouch wrote 07/20/2018 at 21:16 point

I admire your enthusiasm for adding cool features and functions but I can't help be concerned about the extra weight. Manufacturers go to great lengths to reduce it and people pay more for lighter lids. Heavier helmets are more fatiguing and are more likely to cause neck injuries in a crash. 

How much weight would all your extras add do you think? I'd be interested to see a tally of the approximate weights. Also, I presume you're intending to power it all from the bike?

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Josh Starnes wrote 07/24/2018 at 19:44 point

Thats a good question about the weight, I really dont know how much it will add, but I have had some pretty heavy helmets. In my experience wind turbulence was harder on my neck muscles than fatigue of the helmets weight. All the parts are pretty light though so we will see.

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Josh Starnes wrote 08/21/2018 at 16:02 point

@ Paul Crouch , How are you liking the progress buddy?

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Paul Crouch wrote 08/21/2018 at 20:36 point

You seem to be making better progress than I am on my project (! I'm still intrigued by how you're going to handle the aerodynamics and weight. I'd thought about putting night-vision, of sorts, on my bike and even managed to borrow a FLIR PathfindIR to try (, ultimately I couldn't figure a neat way to display the image without having to look down at the dash and the camera itself was fairly expensive too. So yeah, I'm watching your progress :-)

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