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Idea: Let Your Jacket Tell You Where To Go When Riding

  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  GPS Gadgets Ideas
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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Although there still are a few diehards, most people nowadays admit that a GPS is a functional tool, even on a motorcycle (or specially on one). On a motorcycle you have problems looking at maps, and a GPS will guide you effortlessly to your destination. But placing a GPS device on your motorcycle can be something you do not want to do. Esthetically it might break up the image you are trying to portray on your bike, or there might just be no place. On cruisers/choppers with no windshield and bare essentials as a dashboard, they would look out of place.

You want a GPS to help you navigate, but don't want one on your bike? Wearable Experiments Open Wearable Experiments link in a new window based in Australia are working on a solution that may just make your day. What they have done is integrate the navigation instructions into clothing!

Navigate Jacket

The most important part of a GPS is when it tells you to turn left or right. The rest are nice things, but essentially the important part of the GPS is to know when to turn. And that is what they propose.

By placing LED strips on the sleeves of clothing, combined with a smartphone app, you can be riding along on your motorcycle and when you need to turn left, the LED strip lights up one after the other the closer you get to your turning point (like GPS apps that tell you to turn in 300 yards). Then with a vibration - left or right - the jacket tells you to turn. It's visual, and easy to use.

Navigate Jacket

So who needs a GPS to show you that you are passing a McDonalds, or that you are riding at 100 mph? All I would need is turn instructions and if possible a radar warning, and then you have a perfect wearable GPS.

Click here to read more about the Wearable Experiments Navigate idea Open Wearableexperiments link in a new window.

Via: Gizmag

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