Now here is an cool and useful gadget, coming directly from the GPS experts from Garmin. They are now selling a $130 head-up display (HUD) of sorts, that talks directly with the navigation apps on your smartphone.
For now these seem to be only the Garmin-powered apps like Navigon or StreetPilot, and the HUD communicates with them via Bluetooth to project your driving directions safely and transparently right where you can see them without taking your eyes off the road.
Garmin’s Portable Head-up Display is basically a transparent sticker plastered on your windshield, with the respective projecting gizmo underneath. “HUD redefines the navigation experience by allowing drivers to find their way without taking their eyes off the road. Head-up displays currently have their place in select high-end cars, but HUD makes this technology available as an aftermarket accessory for any vehicle, at an affordable price,” says Dan Bartel, Garmin VP of worldwide sales.
The film projects simplified info to avoid distraction, and the stripped-down interface shows turn arrows with required lane position, distance to the next turn, the current speed and the speed limit. The HUD display adjust its brightness all on its own so as it doesn’t burn your retina at night, and will be available for purchase later this summer.
We don’t know whether it’s been inspired by something like this improvised HUD in the video below that uses your own Android phone and OBD to project on the windshield, but Garmin’s portable projection will surely be more visible in daylight.