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Navdy HeadUp Display (HUD) For Your Car
Navdy is an aftermarket HeadUp Display (HUD, also called a heads-up display) for your car; it puts content from your smartphone onto a high quality projection display on your windshield. It also features voice and gesture controls to keep your eyes on the road. As long as we're all waiting for our autonomous cars with their own feelings, we should look closely at Navdy, which can help us now.
(Navdy feels like driving in the future)
1. Breakthrough display technology: Projects a bright transparent image directly within your field of vision that appears to float six feet in front of your windshield, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road while simultaneously seeing navigation instructions or incoming phone calls. The device comes with advanced dimming and stabilization controls, to optimize usability in any driving conditions.
2. Cartailored Interface: When your smartphone apps appear on Navdy they are purposely simplified to show you only what you need, when you need it, and minimize distractions. Your navigation will not disappear when a call comes in; Navdy will display both notifications and navigation at the same time in a split screen. Visual elements such as image complexity, placement, or font size, are consistent across apps to make the user experience pleasant and predictable.
3. Voice and gesture controls: You’ll never need to look away from the road to use Navdy. Your app’s simplified Navdy menus can be navigated with intuitive hand gestures. Voice recognition captures more complex commands and text message responses.
Heads-up displays date from the WWII era, so the idea has been around for a while. Robert Heinlein made good use of it in his powered armor from Starship Troopers (1959):
A chin plate handles all visual displays the way the jaw switch handles the audios. All displays are thrown on a mirror in front of your forehead from where the work is actually going on above and back of your head. All this helmet gear makes you look like a hydrocephalic gorilla...
(Read more about Heinlein's hands-free helmet with heads-up display)
Navdy is available for preorder for 30 days at the introductory price of $299, at 40% discount from its projected retail price of $499.
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