September 29th 2004.

Piers Tucker, a student at Brunel University, has invented a head-mounted display (HMD) system for motorcyclists.

The display fits inside a helmet and is designed to make it possible for riders to see how fast they are travelling without looking down.

Using GPS, the device calculates speed, which it displays in mph on a compact LCD screen.

Piers said: "Research has shown that it takes an average cyclist 0.25 seconds to look at and focus on a tachometer and then refocus on the road ahead. The dangers associated with motorcycling are well documented. I decided to design a product that would cut down the amount of time motorcyclists need to look away from the road. I hope that my product could lead to the reduction of motorcycle accidents."

Pictured: Design sketch of the HMD system