Top Gun technology reaches the streets

The hot new product expected to revolutionize motorcycle and bicycle safety and performance will make its debut in Seattle, Motion Research Corporation announced today.

A preview of the SportVue heads-up display for motorcycles and other motion sports will be demonstrated at the 23rd Annual Cycle World International Motorcycle Show held at Seahawks Exhibition Center from Friday, December 5th through Sunday, December 7th.

Seattle-based Motion Research Corporation is on the leading-edge of a wave of new technology for sports enthusiasts. SportVue is a very lightweight helmet and visor-mounted heads-up display unit driven by a compact GPS transceiver. The user sees a real-time display of critical data projected into the field of vision. Without head movement, the user can access speed, distance, location, and many other facts, greatly enhancing performance and safety.

The patented technology was developed in the Seattle area with technology assistance from the University of Washington Human Interface Technology Lab. Dr. Thomas Furness, Founding Director of the HIT Lab, said “SportVue represents the first truly usable and affordable application of heads-up display technology for sports enthusiasts. This is an exciting step forward in safety for riders of all types.”

Pre-production SportVue units have been successfully tested in demanding areas: Formula 1 and Indy car racing, on motorcycles, bicycles and racing go-karts. Production versions will be available in Spring, 2004. MRC founder and former professional race car driver, Dominic Dobson, said “Head- Mounted Displays are truly the next big step in sports equipment.

SportVue will revolutionize motorcycle riding by providing safe and easy access to the data riders need.”

Author Notes:

Terry Bilt contributes and publishes news editorial to  A buyers guide to all types of motorcycle helmets plus shields, googles, custom and wired radio helmets.

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