The pinnacle achievement in active eyewear was once simply making a pair of sunglasses that were light and wouldn't shatter into your eyeballs. While that's still important, technology has obviously progressed. So what is the future, exactly? Heads-up displays? Augmented reality? Cybernetic retinal implants?
So far most of what's been written about Google Glass has been united by one commonality: It's been written from the perspective of someone who had to wear Glass. Because they were going to write about it. But here's when you'll actually want to wear it. Or at least, when I do.
When most of us think of heads-up displays, our brains almost immediately wander into science fiction fantasies. And lord knows I've been fantasizing about a relatively inexpensive unit that will put turn-by-turn navigation on my windshield. Goodbye, awkward smartphone mount, hello, Garmin HUD.
Recently there have been reports that Google is working on wearable computing. But the latest rumor suggests that it's actually planning to gives us all our own heads-up displays.
It makes it feel like you're in the middle of Tron, but GM's new heads-up display's not just a way to play out childhood fantasies. The system projects laser-generated images onto windshields, providing a great looking enhanced vision display.
These goggles pack a display that projects info like jump hang-time, vertical gain/loss, and speed. Perfect, I've been looking for a way to tell how much faster that little kid who just shot by was going.
Japan's Ubiquitous Entertainment have developed a prototype device called ARider that allows cyclists to navigate via their iPhone 3GS using a heads up display. Of course, the whole setup seems a bit precarious for you and your precious phone.
This is some video of Asus' swanky new GPS model that projects data onto your windshield, saving you from distracting yourself from the road by peering at a device screen. So will the R710 make you feel like you're flying a fighter aircraft with glitzy HUD graphics? No, not really, as it projects just some very basic…
Rockwell Collins has been selected by the US Marines to deliver 3,000 of its ParaNav GPS units for parachutists. Soldiers plummeting towards Earth will soon have the advantage of GPS navigation with a HUD that will help improve landing accuracy and allow for target zones to be easily changed on the fly.
This Microsoft patent describes a heads up user interface on windshields that shows useful information for the driver right where the eyes are. The patent takes information from cellphones, car stereos, your GPS, maps, weather, temperature, email, car instruments and probably the Zune, and places it your eyeline. Much…
This little Bluetooth-enabled SportVue BT1 from Motion Research shows speed, RPM and selected gear info on its LED display, clipped onto your motorcycle helmet and positioned exactly where you need it. Looking at it with one eye, its data appear to be superimposed ahead.