at speed down the highway with a heads-up display (HUD) constantly feeding data
into your line of sight can make anyone feel like a jet pilot on the road;
totally in control of your vehicle and primed to avert any potential danger that comes
your way. However, recent studies by the University of Toronto show that the HUD multi-tasking method of vehicle piloting may well not provide
the extra margin of safety that we think it does. In fact, according to the researchers, it could
be downright dangerous.
The Intelligent Cranium iC-R motorcycle helmet is a design concept stuffed to the gills with futuristic functionality. We're talking twin full-colour LED heads-up displays, twin rear-facing cameras, built-in Bluetooth communications, phone connectivity, voice controls, LiDAR rear-ender collision warnings, an electronically controlled LCD visor that tints itself dark at the touch of a button and a solar panel built into the top. All this for a projected expected retail price of US$1600. Can it be done?
Intel, long the driving force of what we'd traditionally consider a computer, has made no secret of its aspirations in the wearable technology space. Its latest move to carve out a foothold across this area comes with the acquisition of Canadian smart eyewear-maker Recon Instruments, which it says will help them develop new and improved head-mounted displays.
Goggle Pal marries wearable technology with the smooth exhilarating feeling of flying down a snow-covered mountain on a board or skis by placing a unobtrusive augmented reality HUD on any pair of goggles. Three levels of models add fitness and ride data, AR games, and social communication and tracking to an otherwise normal run. You can now pledge for the model of your choice on Kickstarter, where GogglePal is seeking funding.
In September, Sony announced its augmented reality wearable Smart Eyeglass
, but at that time only the Software Development Kit (SDK) was available for those interested in creating apps for this new Sony platform. Now developers can get their hands, ears, and eyes on the Developer Edition of Sony's chunky AR specs.
When we reviewed Bikesystems' BikeHUD motorcycle heads-up display
earlier this year, we had two big problems with it. We weren’t impressed with the chunky "monocle" unit that sits inside your helmet, and we didn’t like the tangle of wires between the HUD and its on-bike componentry. But BikeHUD was always a product in development, and now the company is moving to fix both those problems with BikeHUD Adventure, a thin, transparent display that can run wirelessly off a smartphone, or hook into a fuller in-bike installation to give you extra functionality like live rear view camera and front/rear video recording.
and heads-up displays
are popping up all over the place lately with a seemingly endless trail of companies trying to find ways to put more information in front of us in ever more situations. Most of these technologies are complicated and expensive, but here's one that'll cost just 20 bucks.
Development is well underway on the Scubus S, a diving mask that integrates a flashlight, a video camera, a heads-up display and a diver-to-diver communication system into its waterproof housing. It's designed to make diving safer, as well as more fun.
Drivers on phones, diesel on corners, changing road surfaces and that ever-present threat of dopey oncoming traffic – motorcyclists have quite enough to worry about without having to stare constantly down at their speedometers. But with speed enforcement cranking up in many areas worldwide, there has never been a greater calling for a motorcycle heads-up display that can keep information in view without being a distraction. There are a bunch of different companies racing to get an integrated HUD helmet to the market, but there's only one company that has a working HUD solution out there, for sale, right now. Loz Blain spends some time with Britain's BikeHUD.
Jaguar recently announced
the upcoming debut of its new XE, providing teasing pictures of the compact sport sedan's engine and front-end. Now, the manufacturer has released details of the car's new infotainment system, which boasts an 8-inch touchscreen.