NUVIZ HUD: First Look

A look at the first head-up display system for motorcycles

NUVIZ HUD
NUVIZ HUD installed on a helmetNUVIZ

NUVIZ is a helmet game changer. While I had my hesitations going into testing, as I do with any product that makes claims as big as this one, it only took moments with this device to see its potential. It's basically everything that you would use your phone or infotainment system for while riding, integrated into your helmet and visible on a tiny see-through screen in front of the right side of your visor. Make phone calls, pair intercom, get directions, view a map, listen to music and see the song your listening to, take a picture or video-- there's really nothing the NUVIZ doesn't do that I wish it did. And what makes all of that so much better? It's incredibly easy to use.

NUVIZ POV
Speed, speed limit, turn-by-turn directions, battery life and time all displayed on one small screen.NUVIZ

"We know that there are many types of riders on many kinds of machines. NUVIZ is designed for riders who want to dial up or down the information they have access to - all while keeping their eyes ahead. Situational awareness is critical, and riders who appreciate this technology learn that it can enhance the ride without distracting from it. We expect that many touring riders, sport bike and adventure riders will appreciate the benefits of a head-up display added to their favorite full-face helmet.”

- Valtteri Eroma, Chief Design Officer of NUVIZ

After installing the unit in and on my helmet, it took a little adjusting to get it perfect. I was surprised when first looking through the screen because it appears to be a ways off in the distance, like you look through the screen to focus. Once I got used to it, I could easily read the small text and started flipping through the functions to get a feel for the software and how it all worked. Within 10 minutes, I was comfortable will all of the functions and was using the camera to take pictures of the buddies I was riding with, easily snapping away with my thumb while they leaned into the twisties in front of me.

I liked it. I really liked it. It was clear in a matter of minutes that the new product I was testing was going to grow and change over the next several years, but we were seeing the birth of a new product category for motorcycling, and it already worked very well.

NUVIZ camera
An unedited photo snapped from my NUVIZ forward-facing cameraStaff

The handlebar controller is lightweight and non-intrusive, attaching with an adhesive near the left grip for easy use with the left thumb. A toggle in the middle and four buttons around the edges give you a full range of easy-to-use functionality that I got the hang of in minutes. If you have another mount to use, it's easy to pop the controller off and put it on another bike.

It takes a little bit of work, but the device can mount on most full-face helmets. Once you line up device on your helmet with the backplate mounted to it, you pull the adhesive and stick it on, making sure the screen lines up well with your right eye. After the adhesive cured overnight, it was firmly stuck on there and didn't vibrate or wiggle around at all over the next day of riding.

When I first saw the unit, I'm not going to lie, it's bigger than I wanted it to be. After installing it on my helmet and wearing it for couple hundred miles, I was surprised at how little the size bothered me. The speakers are a little quiet, and in my opinion need a little bit of work to come up to the high-end level of the rest of the product, but these are things that will be quickly and easily fixed and adjusted.

At $700, there's no denying that it's expensive. Heck, that costs more than all but the highest end helmets, but it's brand new and we have nothing to even compare the price to. As with any product that enters a new category first and alone, we will see it get refined over time. It will get smaller, it will get cheaper, but the bones of what we have here are set to change the way we take in information on a motorcycle for years to come.

NUVIZ
NUVIZ unit and controllerNUVIZ
HUD Optics Display
Active matrix LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) microdisplay with a resolution of 800X480XRGB dots
Self-adapting brightness per ambient conditions
Pixel density: 3,175 dpi with 16,000,000 possible display colors
Processor & Sensors
CPU 1.6 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon
Sensors Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Barometer, Magnetometer, Accelerometer
Memory
RAM 1GB LPDDR3 onboard memory
Storage 16GB eMMC onboard storage with 10GB dedicated user data storage, Up to128GB of flash storage micro(SD) supported
Connectivity
WIRELESS
GPS Standalone GP
WIFI IEEE 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth 4.0 with headset support for HFP, A2DP and AVRCP
WIRED
USB 2.0 (MICRO USB-B)
Action Camera
Photo MP with auto white balance and auto exposure support
Video MP4/H.264/AVC video with AAC LC audio recording, 1080p 30fps 20Mbps, 720p 60fps 20Mbps, 720p 30fps 12Mbps , 480p 30fps 4Mbps
Audio
Headset Proprietary wired headset with two earphones and one microphone
Headset Jack 3.5mm round
Max Output 96±3dB@1kHz
Analog Mic Input -38±3dB@1kHz
Battery
HUD Replaceable / Rechargeable (3250 mAh), Heavy use: 3.5 - 6.5 hours, Light use: 8 hours
Controller Replaceable CR2032 Lithium 3V, up to 5 years
Size & Weight
NUVIZ
Height 58 mm / 2.3 in. main body, 98 mm / 3.9 in. optics housing
Length 148 mm / 5.8 in.
Display size 0.294” / 65”@10m
Thickness 25-28 mm / 1-1.1 in. main body, 36 mm / 1.4 in. optics housing
Weight 240 g / 8.5 oz. (with battery)
Controller
Height 13 mm / 0.5 in. + 9 mm / 0.4 in.
Diameter 46 mm / 1.8 in.
Weight 28 g / 1 oz.

NUVIZ will be available soon at RideNuviz.com