HUD http://www.stuff.tv/garmin/hud/news en-GB Holographic optic could revolutionise augmented reality (and even works in 3D) http://www.stuff.tv/hud/holographic-optic-could-revolutionise-augmented-reality-and-even-works-3d/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> British company TruLife Optics claims to have created the perfect technology for wearable HUDs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Holographic optic could revolutionise augmented reality (and even works in 3D)" alt="Holographic optic could revolutionise augmented reality (and even works in 3D)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/holographic-optic-main.jpg?1404804632" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Wearable technology could be getting a huge boost &ndash; and it&rsquo;s all coming courtesy of a London-based company called TruLife Optics.</p> <p>TruLife has designed and engineered what it says is the perfect optical component for wearable head-up displays and augmented reality (AR) gadgets: it&rsquo;s small and lightweight, it&rsquo;s relatively simple to use and it&rsquo;s capable of putting full colour high resolution graphics in front of the wearer&rsquo;s eyes without blocking or distorting his or her natural vision. Oh, and it can even create 3D images too.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The secret? Holograms. The optic uses two holographic elements rather than see-through screens or jewel lenses, and can transfer &ndash; by bending light through 90 degrees &ndash; the image through a totally transparent main piece called a &ldquo;waveguide&rdquo;. So, when not displaying anything, the entire element is completely see through &ndash; and even when it is displaying images, only they are visible.</p> <p>The two holographic displays (one for each eye, hence their ability to display 3D images) are each the size of a postage stamp, and the entire element is 10cm long, 3cm wide and just 2.8mm in depth.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UbPucZX5Smo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>TruLife, which developed the technology in partnership with the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington (yes, just down the road from <em>Stuff</em>&rsquo;s office) is available now, with each optic priced at &pound;300. That means companies designing their own AR and HUD wearables will soon be able to integrate it into their prototypes. We can&rsquo;t wait to see (pun intended) what people do with it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/glass/metaio-brings-augmented-reality-app-google-glass/news">Metaio brings first true augmented reality app to Google Glass</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="TruLife Chief Executive Jonathan Lewis with the optic" alt="TruLife Chief Executive Jonathan Lewis with the optic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/holographic-optic.jpg?1404804632" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hud/holographic-optic-could-revolutionise-augmented-reality-and-even-works-3d/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> HUD Wearable tech Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:42:32 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1441287 at http://www.stuff.tv Garmin HUD (Head-Up Display) http://www.stuff.tv/garmin/garmin-hud-head-display/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Garmin HUD can turn any driver into a fighter pilot. Sort of. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin HUD review" alt="Garmin HUD review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/6a00d83451bb7069e201910420f9f2970c.jpg?1388677504" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Clutter will be the death of you, driver, be it physical detritus ranged around your cockpit or mental chaff rattling about in your brainbox.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £130.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Delightfully geeky </div> <div class="field-item even"> Directions that don’t block your view </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Sticks without needing to be stuck </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Not an actual sat-nav </div> <div class="field-item even"> Overall increase in clutter and fuss </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What the deuce? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The HUD is a sat-nav sized box that lies flat on your dashboard, projecting it&rsquo;s duochromatic data on to its own clip-on plastic screen or an adhesive reflective panel that sticks to your windscreen.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/garmin/garmin-hud-head-display/gallery?viewid=108873" target="_blank"><strong>CHECK OUT OUR FULL GARMIN HUD GALLERY HERE</strong></a></p> <p>It holds its position, not by any physical or sucker attachment, but simply with gecko-like tenacity - it has a squidgy, grippy mat on the base. Providing you have a suitably flat dashboard area on which to place it, no further faffing is necessary.</p> <p>In our entirely scientific experimentation (and on private roads, natch) we only managed to get it to move slightly by throwing our vehicle into such furious motion that we were apt to think less of navigation and more of survival.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin HUD review" alt="Garmin HUD review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Garmin%20hud.jpg?1388677504" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t blame the messenger </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On the subject of navigation, the Garmin HUD is only a display. For a GPS fix, mapping and navigation it looks to Bluetooth and a connection to apps on your smartphone, either <a href="https://buy.garmin.com/en-GB/GB/maps/on-the-road-maps/on-the-road-apps/garmin-streetpilot-onboard/prod98479.html" target="_blank">Garmin Streetpilot</a> (iOS, &pound;32) or <a href="http://www.navigon.com/portal/uk/index.html" target="_blank">Navigon</a> (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, from &pound;22.75). Voice directions will also be handled by your smartphone, not the HUD.</p> <p>It is, truly, only a display - albeit one that manages to show a multitude of simplified green information: turn arrows; roundabout exits; lane guidance; speed and speed limit; time of day; and distance to next turn. Plus, in its second red colour, speed camera warnings. All - dashboard design willing - in your line of sight, yet without fully obscuring anything behind it. Clever stuff.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin HUD review" alt="Garmin HUD review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/71hepu02DyL._SL1500_.jpg?1388677504" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Garmin HUD tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Screen - 2-colour vacuum fluorescent display</p> <p>Power - 12v car socket with additional USB charger port</p> <p>Size - 10.8 x 8.8 x 1.9cm</p> <p>Weight - 277g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Clutter: discuss </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Those with powerful imaginations will already have foreseen the drawback of the Garmin HUD: it aims to simplify your vehicular existence, yet actually creates complication.</p> <p>Despite it&rsquo;s power cable having a USB output to charge your phone, you&rsquo;re still looking at getting the HUD and your smartphone and an app and a Bluetooth connection up-and-running before you can get going.</p> <p>Connection is fairly seamless, as you&rsquo;d expect, but once the novelty has worn off are you really going to be bothered to set the whole kit and caboodle up every trip? Surely if you&rsquo;re plugging in your smartphone anyway, just whack that in a cradle and use it solo?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin HUD review" alt="Garmin HUD review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/garmin_hud_package-100045236-orig.jpg?1388677504" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Set up and profiled properly, as befits a Stuff-reading geek-cogniscent, a smartphone shouldn&rsquo;t prove any more of a distraction than the HUD. And you&rsquo;ve saved yourself &pound;130 into the deal, and reduced the clutter in your cockpit instead of increasing it.</p> <p>So although the attempt to Top Gun-ize our daily commute is to be applauded, in the end the HUD is a Maverick that Jester doesn&#39;t make enough sense.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Garmin HUD review" alt="Garmin HUD review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gal-2199058.jpg?1388677504" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Geeky and clever, but only a very dedicated driver would continue to use it once the fighter pilot novelty has worn off</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/garmin/garmin-hud-head-display/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/garmin/garmin-hud-head-display/review#comments Garmin Geek accessories HUD Sat-nav Thu, 02 Jan 2014 11:22:26 +0000 Tom Parsons 1430599 at http://www.stuff.tv