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imaGinyze augments your driving experience with AR iPhone app

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August 18, 2010

imaGinyze augments your driving experience with AR iPhone app

imaGinyze augments your driving experience with AR iPhone app

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imaGinyze is a new app that brings augmented reality to your car via the iPhone. When mounted properly in the center of your dash, an iPhone with imaGinyze installed will detect the lane that you're in, marking it with border lines that match up with the painted lines on the road, and filling the inside with a blue overlay. Once the app has established your lane, it can detect any vehicles that are in front of you within a given range. imaGinyze will also flash a "Vehicle Ahead" alert when you're approaching a car from behind. Cars to the front are color-coded according to proximity – first green, next yellow as you approach, and then to red when you get close.

In the interests of safety, this range is appropriately far, giving the driver ample warning to decrease speed or switch lanes and pass. While changing lanes, the lane detection imposes a purple overlay on the road display (this is "lane departure mode") and alerts the driver to cars that might be in adjacent lanes.

imaGinyze augments your driving experience with AR iPhone app

imaGinyze provides other information as well, such as the pitch of the road and the speed of the car, in case you don't trust your own speedometer.

The homepage for the application is clear to point out that your iPhone must be mounted at a height of about 1 to 1.5 meters in landscape mode. Some calibration might be required in order to ensure that the application functions properly.

It should be noted that this app, being one of the first of its kind, is probably not yet reliable enough to depend heavily on while driving. It's still just version 1.0 and user reviews over on the iTunes application page indicate that imaGinyze still needs a lot of work. While we have yet to test it out ourselves, we're excited to see such a promising development in the field of in-car AR technology and the potential it holds for the future of driving.

Personally, I'd love to see what the Japanese AR gurus at Sekai Camera could do in this field.

Be sure to check out imaGinyze's video demo below to get a better sense of how the application works while driving.

Via Impress

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5 Comments

Very useful to avoid road accidents.

I designed a simple system to avoid accidents while overtaking vehicles in developing country roads. Suppose a car is following a truck and when the truck driver drives to left (in India), the car driver thinks that the way is clear and try to over take it. But it may be to give way to opposite coming vehicle. There is convex mirror to see behind objects but none to see ahead hidden objects.

In my system a periscope is fixed at an angle on the left of the vehicle (where the driver sits). Before overtaking big vehicles like trucks, buses one can see through the Periscope whether the way is clear or not and then overtake. Periscope has two simple plane mirrors inclined at 45 degrees and the principle on which it works is RE-REFLECTION.

This is needed in countries with narrow roads but not for roads which are one-way. This simple, innovative cost effective system will help to avoid road accidents while overtaking big vehicles.

Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore (AP), India

E-mail:anumakonda.jagadeesh@gmail.com

Blog: www.drjagadeeshncda.blogspot.com

Anumakonda Jagadeesh
19th August, 2010 @ 03:44 am PDT

So whats wrong with actualy using your eyes? what a stupid app!

Denis Klanac
19th August, 2010 @ 03:47 am PDT

Worst App Ever. Why would anyone lean over to look at a small screen in the center of their vehicle, when they could look out the window? How would it differentiate between a large truck far away and a motorcycle very near? I hope imaginyze has some good lawyers.

PizzaEater
19th August, 2010 @ 09:21 am PDT

When drivers train like fighter pilots, then they'll be ready to use such complex HUD systems.

Sooo, when does the Android version of this app come out?

Facebook User
19th August, 2010 @ 04:03 pm PDT

For something just as silly and pointless and automotive related, check out my silly app www.instantsupercar.com.

I'll need to add backgrounding so that you can use these two together.

C.S. Hsia
20th August, 2010 @ 01:42 pm PDT
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