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Advanced Helmet Answered

Advanced Helmet
By: Arseny Ratnikov

I want to create a helmet that looks like a sci fi helmet (mass effect, titanfall, halo, etc.) and that;

**Want to make cool helmet, need help with having multiple camera feed output to multiple screens**

* Protects my head (able to decrease force from impact by significant degree)

* Can filter the air I breath (does not need to be super extreme filter, just filter out general junk, the better the filter the more pleased I am, but if it becomes too bulky/expensive then it is unnecessary)(Optional/Most Likely)

* Has a HUD with my vitals on it. I would wear some sensors, such as HR monitor to have some cool biofeedback, maybe also include other information.(option)

* Maybe even have it be a digital display where there are cameras on the front and maye back of the helmet that then are displayed on the interior screen, where I have voice commands setup for some different things.

* Have the helmet be as sound proof as possible and have microphones where my ears would be, then inside the helmet speakers, so that I can modify the noise around me to be how I want it to be.

I understand this would be rather difficult (at least including all of the bullets) and that it could even be a touch silly. Yet, I find this a rather intriguing pursuit and think it will help contribute to becoming a cyborg. Any tips would be greatly appreciated as I don't really know where to start for this. I can imagine a lot of the work might be done on an arduino, but I simply don't know the feasibility of modifying noises of the world around you and having the cameras on the helmet.

So here's a little prioritization sheet I worked out, it is not exactly in order, and maybe you all have some suggestions on what might be more critical to design and functionality.


1. Functionality

a. Head protection

a1. Padding/Inertia dampener
a2. Sturdy/solid

b. Control of phone through bluetooth

b1. In helmet speakers
b2. In helmet microphone
b3. Voice control

c. Control of other systems such as screens

c1. Voice control of screens
c2. Screen modification
c3. Screen HUD and other functions (maybe GPS map, time, etc.)

d. Camera view

d1. Camera live to screen with little to no latency
d1a. 360 degree view compressed to 180 degree screen (maybe)
d2. Computer control of camera feed
d2a. Visuals, different HUDs

e. Sound modulation

e1. Sound cancelling
e2. Sound reproduction at low to no latency
e3. Sound modification
e3a. Changing pitch
e3b. Change decibel levels
e3c. Change relative level of external sounds

f. The HUD

f1. Display of vitals
f1a. Heart rate, oxygenation, etc. (Requires some monitor)
f2. Display of time and other running interests
f3. Display of current location on google maps/GPS system

g. Air Filtration

g1. Filtration of air, relatively high quality
g2. Seal on head or seal over mouth and nose or full body suit that connects to helmet

h. Extra Features

2. Style
a. Look good
b. Look like popular sci-fi media
c. Does not interfere with functionality and accents functionality

How should I do this? I am planning on using some old phone screens if I can for the screen part and multiple cameras. I plan on using a raspberry computing system (might need multiple) to modulate the output from the cameras. How could I make multiple camera outputs lay onto multiple screens that looks good at three to five inches from the eyes? Also how can I make the raspberry pi control my phone and computer via voice, or at least change a screens properties?



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3 years ago

Get a motor cycle helmet. Put in the working bits from those fancy Snowboard HUD goggles. Add mics on the outside and speakers on the inside. Adapt a small fan to pull air into the body of the helmet through a respirator filter, also add a rubber gorget/neck seal to the system to make the system more air tight.

Sync the electronics to a phone with a good voice control. Potentially you could hack some kind of voice assistant like Google home or Alexa.

All the hardware for this exists already, however your largest challenges for this are going to be as follows, listed most serious to least serious:

-systems integration (getting everything on here to work simultaneously through one system)

-wireless autonomy (will the system work without internet)

-Power (how many batteries do you want to carry? How long should the various systems be designed to work?)

-durability of systems (it's great to feel like master chief until you whack your head on something and all your electronics stop working)



3 years ago

Have considered adding a VR headset and a filter mask to a motorbike helmet?
Unless you want to pay someone his next house you will have little chance getting it done - just my opinion though.
A VR headset can be coupled with one or more cams, sensor input and all but of course you would have to write some software for your needs and use a backpack with a powerful computer to process the data...


Reply 3 years ago

First, what do you mean by connecting a filter mask to a motorcycle helmet? What is a filter mask?

Second, what kind of VR headset do you think will work?


Reply 3 years ago

If you don't know what a filter mask is I see the first problem.
The seconds by asking about the VR headset as it would depend on the software not the headset.
I think you are better off starting with the basics by either making a fancy looking helmet or by getting the gizmos to work that you want to use.
After that think of how you combine them into one.


3 years ago

travel to a galaxy far.. far.. away, find boba fett, bargain for his armor, then wear his armor :)


Reply 3 years ago

well I don’t really know where that is and how to get there so...