Snowboard goggle HUD displays critical data while falling down a mountain

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[Chris] has been hard at work building a Heads Up Display into some Snowboarding goggles. We’re used to seeing the components that went into the project, but the application is unexpected. His own warning that the display is too close to your face and could cause injury if you were to fall highlights the impractical nature of the build. But hey, you’ve got to start somewhere when it comes to prototyping. Perhaps the next iteration will be something safe to use.

A set of MyVu glasses were added to the top portion of the goggles, which lets the wearer view the LCD output by looking slightly up. The display is fed by a Raspberry Pi board which connects to a GPS module, all of which is powered by a USB backup battery. In the video after the break you can see that the display shows time of day, speed, altitude, and temperature (although he hasn’t got a temperature sensor hooked up just yet). His bill of materials puts the project cost at about £160 which is just less that $250.

Comments

  1. bty says:

    how is sticking a display to some glasses a HUD ? I get a headache just thinking about using it.

  2. buzzles says:

    Er, you can’t really call it a Heads Up Display if it causes you to actually look away like this does, even if it is mounted on your head.

    I suppose it could be said I’m being picky, but the point of HUD’s is to project the information directly in your desired line of sight (ie, looking where you are going), so as to “keep your head up” and not look at the instruments.

    That all said, the idea of going boarding and having some nice data telling you speed and heading is pretty awesome and I think to take this project to it’s next step you’d really need to look at projecting the data onto the actual goggle lense itself.

    • fartface says:

      And he could have without a color display. several small surface mount RGB LED’s along that same area could easily give you the same information. 5 led’s in red are your speed. Sorry but you dont need to know you are doing 51.4876Kph but knowing that you are around 50kph is fine.

      I Have a HUD in my motorcycle helmet that works like this. 5 LED’s across the top over my left eye for generic info such as speed they all turn green when at the posted limit for the highway Red for Over speed and amber for under speed. Blinking for other information such as turn signal is on, or low fuel. Lastly two amber led’s on the left and right that are my “Another idiot in a SUV is coming into your lane on this side” warning lights with beeper

  3. dtz says:

    This is commonly referred to as a HDD or Heads Down Display. The information is near your field of vision but you still have to look away to access it vs. a HUD where the information is in your field of vision aka right in front of you.

  4. Impulse405 says:

    why build this? there are already googles that do this and more plus they cost the SAME as his build. are more durable. nice idea though

  5. joe says:

    There are much cleaner versions of this, If someone could make one of these based off gps data that could mount on sunglasses for a motorcycle helmet or be able to fit inside, which could display mph, distance, and time, and maybe even track the data, they would make a lot of money.

  6. Bob Constans says:

    something similar, and waterproof, would be pretty hand for diving/ snorkeling

  7. Justin Case says:

    Seriously, if you google Heads up display, after the google ads, and the obligitory wiki, and one other, this exact product application shows up next:

    http://reconinstruments.com/products/snow-heads-up-display

  8. Donjuan says:

    cheap FPV OSD $121.00
    Display Features:
    Timer
    Date
    Temperature
    Power battery voltage
    Power battery gauge
    Power battery current
    Power battery consumed energy
    GPS status
    Position Coordinate
    Main Sea Level Altitude
    Compass
    Direction heading
    Home direction
    Relative altitude
    Altitude scale
    Climb rate
    Maximum altitude reached
    Distance to home
    Speed scale
    Speed reading
    Auxiliary voltage status
    Horizontal datum
    recorder status
    cheap video goggles from ebay $45.00
    Cheap ski goggles $25 china
    I did it better for cheaper and has GPS.
    Also has customizable screen info .

  9. Graham says:

    Because of the over inflated prices in the UK you should probably figure the cost in dollars to be quite a bit less.

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