YAH – Eyelights

You may be wondering what YAH means. It means “Yet Another HUD” with HUD meaning Heads Up Display. Over the year, there have been several projects that put a display inside the biker’s helmet.
It started several years ago (2005) with the first commercial product from a company called SportVue. SportVue was a small device installed on the top edge of your helmet, receiving wireless information from a “blackbox” installed in your motorcycle.
The information was minimal: speed, RPM and gear selected, but it was a start. The product did not sell well, and that was the end of SportVue. But the idea was there.
But since then, many companies have been introducing HUD for motorcycles. Some with a lot of information presented to the jet fighter biker, some with just the important one. Some companies made a lot of marketing hot air to see them go belly-up after a while (does the name Skully ring any bells?). Some companies are still working on the product. BMW for example are seriously looking at providing the HUD functionality in their high-end helmets.
And let’s face it, the idea is actually very good. If you can pipe pertinent information to the biker’s helmet, allowing him/her to concentrate on the road instead of having to look at the instruments and/or GPS, you can save lives (and possibly speeding tickets, but I digress)..
So let’s look at the next motorcycle HUD; Eyelights.
Eyelights is a product designed in Toulouse, France (that’s where the Airbus airplane is made). With help of a startup boot camp, they are in the process of finalizing the design and they hope to bring the product to market by the end of this year.

The unit is inserted inside the helmet and will tell you your speed, traffic information, danger zones (read police radars) and GPS information. You will be able to talk to it (verbal commands) and you can use it with your glasses. The device’s battery will last 8 to 10 hours.
They haven’t finalized its price, but are looking towards €500 - €1000 for the unit and software. They want the device to work with any helmet and any motorcycle. The device will work with iOS and Android smartphones.
Here’s a video on what it would look like if you were riding your motorcycle with the device installed:

So? Would you line up to buy one of these devices?

10 Comments to YAH – Eyelights

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When the technology becomes a LOT more affordable I would love to have it!

9/8/2016 at 8:59 am

I would line up to get one... the simplest way in my mind would be to Bluetooth the headset to an app on your smartphone... the app would need to be able to display the phone mapping program and get the current ground speed from the GPS. this would keep it from being a sub component of the bike and more a device on the helmet and phone.

9/8/2016 at 9:07 am

This is a great idea. I can see the day when various functions could be controlled by eye movement and a blink. Any technology that keeps your eyes on the road is good. I'm looking forward to seeing the first model.

9/8/2016 at 9:54 am

Might be a great tool for road trips but not sure if it would be practical for around town. Plus the price is a bit steep....

9/8/2016 at 10:09 am

looks interesting-will depend on the price

9/8/2016 at 10:50 am

No, I would not purchase one.

9/8/2016 at 11:13 am

would love to have one but too pricey have to wait until the price comes down. a lot of people want this but can't afford it. thank you ray spradlin

9/8/2016 at 12:28 am

from the looks of it, a good idea. been riding for 45 years, the estimated price is too high for me.

9/8/2016 at 1:01 am

I don't think so. To rich for my blood

9/8/2016 at 6:02 am

Absolutely! Anything to make the ride safer and more enjoyable. Just like the Bluetooth helmet. Brilliant!

9/9/2016 at 4:51 am