The heads-up navigational display may be a thing of science fiction, but more cars are getting this concept, and this year, even cyclists will have the opportunity to see it as they ride, too.
If you’ve watched a lot of science fiction or played a futuristic video game or two, there’s a good chance you’ve been exposed to the idea of a heads up display.
Commonly referred to as a HUD, this concept takes speed, distance, and often GPS navigation information from the dashboard or external GPS and applies it to your windshield, popping up almost like a bit of a floating display that you can see as you drive.
It’s an idea that more or less has its origins in entertainment, but it’s something that is coming to life through electronics, and after dabbling in the idea with a car-based GPS back in 2013, the company has something else on the way, and this time, it’s for cyclists.
“We’re extremely excited to announce such an innovative line of new devices to the Australian market,” said Matt DeMoss, General Manager for Garmin Australasia.
“One of the most exciting announcements is the next device in our line of Varia cycling awareness products – the Varia Vision in-sight display. Cyclists can now easily view their data and receive alerts during a ride without needing to take their eyes off the road ahead,” he said.
Think of this gadget as Google Glass for cycling, because in a way, that’s exactly what Garmin’s Varia Vision is made for, relying on an in-sight display that you’ll attach to a pair of sunglasses that takes its feed from a compatible device, usually one of Garmin’s many portable cycling navigation computers and possibly even a smartphone, though we’re checking on that.
With the Varia Vision connected to both a pair of sunnies and to a host device, cyclists will see a projection of turn-by-turn directions, key performance information, and even a smart notification or two.
Controlling the glasses isn’t done with your eyes — sorry, we’re not that sci-fi yet — but rather with a glove- and wet-weather friendly touch panel on the side of the Varia Vision, which itself is made from weather-proof materials and weighs a total of 29.7 grams.
It can even connect to a rear-view system from Garmin to tell you when vehicles are approaching from behind, alerting you via the glasses you’re wearing.
Pricing on this one has been announced for Australia, a change on the typical CES fare, so expect this one to arrive in February for $649, though you will need to bring your own sunnies.
Garmin’s futuristic attachment for sunglasses isn’t the only thing you’ll be seeing from the company this year, with a couple of new watches, too.