Aprilia Racing Helped Make an Augmented Reality Helmet for Mechanics

The Daft Punk look may be coming to MotoGP pit lanes.

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The racing division of Italian motorcycle company Aprilia has commissioned the augmented reality experts at Realmore to develop a software application for the DAQRI Smart Helmet. This technological leap can help MotoGP mechanics visualize content related to the bikes they’re working on with augmented reality.

Augmented reality built into a helmet basically replaces a repair manual. Granted, racing mechanics already have a pretty good idea of what they’re doing, but an AR display could help them get the job done faster and more efficiently. Besides, the mechanics in the pits need to wear helmets anyway due to a recent new rule, why not inject some tech into those lids?

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When the DAQRI Smart Helmet is on and running this new software, it shows a 3D hologram over the whole motorcycle. The wearer can see real-time data of the temperature in the coolant, oil, and tires thanks to a thermal camera along with a checklist of wear on parts of the bike to help them figure out exactly when they need replacing.

A feature called Remote Expert can allow the chief engineer to communicate with the other mechanics through their helmets. They can put an overlay on their display showing them information like how much fuel they should put in the tank, what kind of tires they should use, or the lap number of the exit.

If/when this technology trickles into mainstream use in regular shops or even in your own garage, it will be revolutionary for amateur and professional mechanics alike. You’ll finally be able to throw away those greasy old Chilton shop manuals.