At CES 2014, Garmin decided to announce its HUD+ device to make driving safer. Like the original HUD did, information is projected onto the driver’s windshield. The difference is on the software side. Before, the HUD only worked with select Garmin apps that users had to purchase from the Play Store. The HUD+, however, allows drivers to use its own companion app. The original HUD will stick around for $149 while the new HUD+ will retail for just $179. Not bad for people that want a heads-up display.
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To keep roads safer, Pioneer has refreshed their HUDs (heads-up displays). Rather than fumbling around with smartphones or looking away at a navigation system, Pioneer is placing a clear piece of plastic just above the windshield. The HUD’s main focus is on the GPS; however, more information like speed and time can overlap so the driver won’t have to look away from the road.
A major drawback of Pioneer’s HUDs is positioning. If the driver is very tall or very short, they may have to adjust the HUD often. Clearly that’s the opposite of what Pioneer wants to do. While the ND-HUD10 will be available in Europe (600 Euro) and Japan (60,000 Yen), the ND-HUD2 will only be released in Japan for 100,000 Yen. For a look at Pioneer’s new lineup, hit the break.
Garmin was always the name you thought of when it came to Navigation systems, but Google Maps and smartphones changed the landscape forever. Companies like Garmin need to come up with more creative ideas or innovations to stay competitive. The HUD is the perfect example. It stands for Head-up Display, and appears to be not only innovative, but very cool. It is a portable accessory that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. You rest it on your dash and it will project navigation information to a transparent film on your windshield or an attached reflector lens. The only caveat is that you need to be running the Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON app on your phone.
HUD will display turn arrows, distance to the next turn, current speed, speed limit, and estimated time of arrival. It will even warn you of traffic delays and make sure you are in the right lane for the next turn. You will still get spoken turn-by-turn directions from one of the compatible apps I mentioned above. If you happen to connect your phone to your car’s Bluetooth-enabled stereo, any music you are listening too will fade out with spoken prompts. Also, when you take a phone call, HUD will continue to display the information.
HUD will be available this summer for a price of $129. As I mentioned, you will need to use either the Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON app, which both start at $29.99. Full presser after the break.
Google’s Project Glass is no doubt one of the most anticipated gadgets of the year. While it’s a unique and special concept/project, it’s about to get some major competition— and not from Apple either. According to Bloomberg, Oakley is currently developing a technology that can project information directly onto lenses, similar to how Project Glass projects information through a heads-up display. Oakley would be able to create the glasses for use as a standalone product or have them connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth while also featuring voice commands. Oakley is excited about the technology too. CEO Colin Baden highlights this technology would make “make hardware that’s comparable with Google’s Project Glass”. Having this technology would allow Oakley create a wide-range of items and products that can wirelessly connect to the internet like other companies are doing.
Google’s futuristic Project Glass promises a world where augmented reality is commonplace and information is literally right in front of us. The photos we’ve seen of the prototypes show a specialized pair of glasses, which had many people asking how those who already wear prescription glasses could use the device. Well, thanks to Google industrial designer Isabelle Olsson, we learned that Google is working on a version that can be used in conjunction with an existing pair of glasses. Great news for glasses-wearing geeks everywhere!
“We ideally want Project Glass to work for everyone,” Olsson said on Google+, “and we’re experimenting with designs that are meant to be extendable to different types of frames.”
Check out the high resolution early mockup of how the device might work with prescription glasses after the break.
Ok everyone it’s official: the future is now. I don’t mean this year— I literally mean now thanks to the Mountain View giant. We had previously heard about Google pondering development of a mysterious HUD device and eventually knew it was clearly intent on making the concept a reality for users, but like anything else with Google— has since been tight-lipped. Google has just unleashed what looks to be the most innovative product yet called “Project Glass”. This project which is developed by the Google team is aiming to make our lives’ completely hands free. The device is capable of taking photos, doing check-ins, getting directions, video chat, listening to music and getting directions?
The project is still in its infancy, so the mockup of what the glasses look like now aren’t final– only a tentative rendering. You guys impressed yet? No? Ok, check out the video below and you’ll be impressed then.
We’ve seen some pretty cool projects where we draw closer and closer to Tom Cruise in Minority Report’s technology in transparent displays. We know all wanted to be Tom just a little.
We’re even closer than you may think! Pioneer’s Network Vision HUD is seen connected to an Android device using lasers to generate images on-screen. How cool is that! We said Lasers! Pioneer is looking to market this technology by the year 2012 as a driving display and navigational aid.