In my younger days, I used to ride a motorcycle - less to look cool than to get cheap campus parking. But the risk/reward ratio went haywire one day, in an incident concerning a blind spot and a UPS truck. I have since embraced public transportation.
This all comes to bear on a development from this week's AWE 2014 event in Santa Clara, Cali. AWE stands for Augmented World Expo, and the gathering is dedicated to emerging technologies including augmented reality, wearables, digital eyewear and gesture and voice interaction.
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An outfit called Fusar Technologies is introducing the new Guardian GA-1 motorcycle helmet, which incorporates a heads-up display (HUD) system, plus video recording, voice commands and augmented reality technology.
The goal is to leverage emerging technology to make riders safer. The backwards-facing camera pipes a "rearview mirror" live feed into the helmet's built-in Epson Moverio smart glasses, along with GPS navigation information. Built-in speakers and microphones handle voice commands.