Shoei presents the Opticson, a full-face helmet with a head-up system


At the motorcycle show in Osaka, Japan, the famous motorcycle helmet manufacturer Shoei will present a concept helmet called Opticson. It is a full-face helmet with a projected head-up system on the visor.

While the head-up system, or head up display (HUD) in English, has more or less democratized in the automobile, it is quite different in the motorcycle. Indeed, to date, there are no motorcycle helmets connected with a head-up system on the market.

While waiting for the BMW Motorrad project, seen and tested at the CES in Las Vegas in 2016, to materialize one day, the German manufacturer could well be beaten by Shoei. Indeed, the famous Japanese helmet manufacturer has posted, on its Instagram account, some photos of its stand on the occasion of the 38th two-wheeler show which will open its doors on Saturday March 19.

© Shoei Japan

Among the photos, we can notice one revealing the Opticson, a full-face helmet with a head-up system whose information projected from a monocle or a plexiglass blade is displayed directly on the visor. From the little that can be seen in the photo, we notice that the helmet works by Bluetooth with a mobile application and that the projected information relates to navigation and battery life… Hopefully Shoei will communicate more fully afterwards .

© Shoei Japan

Iron Man’s helmet is not for now

Many bikers dream of one day wearing Iron Man’s famous multi-connected helmet. But the goal is still far, very far indeed. However, for the past few years, we have seen connected helmets flourish here and there. Thus, we could cite the Skully AR-1 project of the eponymous American brand, whose project had been financed (successfully) through a Kickstarter campaign. Unfortunately, this invention turned out to be a huge scam. There was also the Jarvish, an augmented reality-based motorcycle helmet with assistant that doesn’t seem to have had a sequel.

Today, in the absence of a helmet, there is Eyeride, a piece of equipment that transforms a simple motorcycle helmet into a connected headgear with the display of road information via a miniaturized Sony OLED screen.

© EyeLight

© EyeLight

We owe this technological prowess to EyeLight, a Toulouse start-up created in 2016. This system works thanks to voice recognition and allows you to launch a destination, make and take a phone call or launch a musical title. It costs €499 for the kit including the HUD and the Bluetooth remote control.

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