Oct 16, 2014

High Tech Helmet

Wearable technology is synonymous with smart watches, fitness trackers and even jewelry. But there's a more exciting market emerging, especially for us motorcyclists - smart helmets!


FUSAR Technologies is developing the Guardian GA-1 helmet featuring their patent-pending STAR System™. It features a heads-up display (HUD), voice commands, video recording and more.

The HUD gives the rider situational awareness in all directions, allowing the rider to make quick decisions based not only what's in front but what may be behind as well. The helmet also includes video recording. In the event of a crash, the video is stored in memory which can be reviewed later. The voice commands make it effortless to interact with the system and allows the rider to keep their hands on the bars.

I'm pretty excited about the Guardian GA-1 and look forward to learning more about it... Check out the video below.

Welcome to the smart helmet revolution. from FUSAR Technologies on Vimeo.

Oct 14, 2014

60k

Took a ride for lunch last week and passed the 60k on the odometer on the way home. I've been watching the odometer, waiting to hit 60k. Not really sure why, another milestone I guess.

All the anticipation was anti-climatic. Just another ride, along a very familiar route - nothing special, nothing spectacular. Other than reaching 60k.

Guess this means it's time to change the fluids and check the bike over in a little more detail than normal.

Next mark 70k or 75k? We'll see how it goes as I get closer...

Sep 9, 2014

The Simplest Solutions...

I've always felt there's beauty in simplicity. I don't know how many times in the past I've been trying to solve a difficult problem, working maybe for days on a solution, trying every imaginable path to the best answer. What I've found is that the most satisfying, and usually the best, solution, turns out to be the simplest.

Those answers are usually found when you pick your head up out of the details, ask yourself again what you're trying to solve, and then asking what's the simplest thing I can do.

Well, what follows is, to me, another example...

I know the the Department of Transportation has been working on a vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication system to make our highways safer. There are a lot of people out there that are concerned with the privacy issues around the sharing of information. However, I believe that certain measures that we can take to make our roadways safer, especially for motorcyclists, is worth it.

I haven't paid too much attention to V2V because, let's face it,, it's being developed by the DOT. My feeling there is they'll spend a lot of time engineering and over-engineering the project. I think part of it are starting to appear in the market place, but it'll take a while longer before we see it in the wild in any meaningful way.

The other day I stumbled on an app that I think gets to the heart of V2V. Not only that, it seems so simple and utilizes something we all pretty much already have - our smartphones!!

I'm talking about the Bike Shield App. It has the potential to make our roadways safer right now. And it's as simple as firing up the app anytime you're getting ready to drive or ride. From their website:
Simple and revolutionary, TheBikeShieldApp is a First Layer Crash Avoidance Technology mobile app which establishes communication between cars, motorcycles and bicycles that are sharing the road. When using this app, car drivers get an acoustic signal that warns them about approaching motorcycles and bicycles. These signals raise drivers’ awareness and reduce distracted maneuvers that may result in a fatal crash with motorcycles and bicycles.
I think the biggest hurdle is going to get people aware of the app and to start using the app. The app comes out in a couple days. In the meantime, I suggest you head over to their site and learn more about it. And when the app comes out, install it and start using it.

Aug 18, 2014

Smoke Out 2104

Well, I figure I should just get some pictures posted from the Smoke Out. If I wait until I have enough time to write up the whole story, the pictures may never get posted - as has happened in the past. In a nutshell, it was pretty much the same as always: everyone arrives here Thursday night we eat, drink and tell lies. Friday morning we grab some food at Waffle House before heading down to Rockingham. Two nights there and we're ready to head home...

With that, enjoy the sights from Smoke Out...