Australian student re-invents police motorcycle helmet, adds RoboCop features

A real-life RoboCop is one step closer to reality thanks to 23-year-old UNSW design student Alfred Boyadgis.

Boyadgis has designed a high-tech helmet for motorcycle officers that displays information in the visor and combines a number of vital technologies that are currently only available at arm’s length.

The helmet is designed to improve response times in emergencies and save lives. It has already attracted interest from the Chief of Police in Coral Gables in the US state of Florida, who wants to test it in the field and sees potential for tactic response deployment as well.

Mr Boyadgis says he is also in talks with the NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.

The way that helmets are designed at the moment is quite archaic, Mr Boyadgis said. “There’s no direct electronics in there and, if you think about it, everyone has a smartphone, and all the luxuries of smart technology aren’t with riders. They’re still using strap-on GPSs and they have no ability to communicate with each other in a safe manner with something that’s integrated.”

Named Forcite, his helmet includes a heads-up display that shows critical information in front of the wearer’s eyes, delivers turn-by-turn GPS by voice, and links to the automatic number-plate recognition system used by police, which identifies vehicle registration details and checks if there are any infringements — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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