Welcome to the Heads Up Display Page
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1 Project Overview
This project will be designing and implementing a Heads-Up Display (HUD) for application in a motorcycle helmet. The HUD will have various display modes. This means that the user can customize which pieces of information are displayed.
The display will have a wireless connection that will utilize a standard communications protocol, such as Bluetooth, in order to communicate between a computer and the helmet so we can simulate the instrument readings. We want to avoid having to interface with different models of motorcycles and their different computers or analog instruments. Our focus is to make a display that can be miniaturized and safely placed inside a motorcycle helmet. Therefore, we will transmit the speed and gas remaining on the computer simulation through the wireless connection. The screen on the helmet face mask will either be projected directly onto the visor or will be displayed by a transparent LCD overlaid on the helmet visor. Dr. Plant and our mentor recommend we use a projector and reflect the projection onto the visor. This will most likely end up being the only option within in our budget. We are also attempting to see if other universities or researchers are willing to allow us to use their LCD screens in our project.
The goal of the display is for it to be translucent enough to be seen on the visor without being a distraction or a safety concern to the end-user. The display will have to be somewhat dynamic in the way it displays information. While driving, most people will encounter many different light conditions. An average driver may be in the bright sun one second and then enter a tunnel, both of which require different display levels.
Another aspect of this project will be getting the components of the design to fit inside a motorcycle helmet while maintaining the safety of the helmet. Our initial plan is to use a quarter face helmet then add our modifications in a way that will transform the helmet into a full-face helmet. We want to keep the basic structure of the helmet intact so that users will still have a comfortable and safe helmet.
Overall, the customer is more interested in getting a working mobile display. Therefore, they we have identified our critical tasks as making the display function, making it communicate wirelessly, and making it mobile. Accomplishing these tasks will translate into success for our project.
Our Heads Up Display has 8 Basic Needs, they are as follows:
1. Product must display information on the visor of the helmet. The customer clearly wanted a display that works in order for them to assess whether a HUD is a product that their company may want to develop further.
2. Product must have wireless communication. The customer thinks that a wired communication system would present a safety concern. This would also prevent the product from being practical.
3. Product must display speed and gas remaining. The customer only wanted basic information to be displayed as a demonstration of the product.
4. Product must be able to run for one hour. The customer wanted the product to operate for a minimum amount of time.
5. Product must not obstruct vision. The customer was very insistent that the product not be a danger to the user. Obstructed vision will greatly decrease safety.
6. Product must not decrease safety of helmet. Again, the customer was very insistent that the product not be a danger to the user.
7. User must be able to enable/disable display while operating the vehicle. The customer did not want the product to become a nuisance to the user. The user must be able to remove the added distractions if they so choose.
8. Size and weight of the product do not burden user. The customer wanted the user to have a pleasant experience using the product. No one wants a product that is painful or unnecessarily uncomfortable to use.
Our Heads Up Display has 3 improvements, they are as follows:
1. GUI Improvement. The customer wants a more professional GUI[BR]]
2. The Helmet needs to look more professional. We are going to paint the helmet to make it more presentable.
3. More Battery The product would be more viable if the product could last longer than an hour.
2 Background Research
3 System Requirements and Desired Features
4 Design Solutions
5 Top Level Block Design
5.1 Charger Board
5.3 Light Sensor (Not Used)
5.4 Selector Switch
7 Project Timeline
8 System Test Evidence
9 Expo Material
 Example reference.