HUDWAY turns an iPhone into a heads-up display

I have been doing a lot of reports about heads-up displays lately, and I’m very certain I did three articles on one day that was related with them. I guess with the dawn of Google Glass, we are going to just love heads-up displays like we love touchscreens.

This particular application known as the HUDWAY is right up my alley. Unlike that Google Glass or other HUDs, no special equipment is required. All you need to do is place your iPhone on your dashboard, and it somehow makes a reflection on the window to display the current speed, the distance to the next turn, and even a warning of when you should slow down.

So this is made for bad weather, but I have no idea how this will work on a sunny day. I like how it works, and I look forward to seeing what other kinds of apps are out there. The HUDWAY is currently available on iOS for nothing, but is coming to Android in February 2014.

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Garmin HUD Projector

garmin-hudRemember a few years ago how the standalone GPS market was doing pretty good, with Garmin and Magellan being the leaders? Oh, those were the times, before every smartphone had a mapping App, at least more than one.

Garmin is still around, and it is cool to see that they are responding to the threat of distracted driving. This Hud, or heads-up display, sits on a vehicle’s dashboard and project the direction you will need to go and when you will need to do it.

That is a lot better than just viewing it on your smartphone, and puts that the numbers that you want in a place where you need to look at them. As a bonus, the HUD has an integrated USB port so you can keep your smartphone plugged in.

I am not certain whether these Garmin HUD’s are set to sweep the nation, but it will become available this summer for $129.99.

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