This Technology Review blog entry describes a "enhanced vision system" from General Motors that can highlighting landmarks, obstacles and road edges on the windshield in real-time. The video in the entry also talks about integrating with GPS systems, to clearly mark desired locations. By using a variety of sensors, various hazards and points of interest can also be shown.

One of the areas I mentioned to watch in 2010 is augmented reality.

"The merger between reality and computer displays is becoming more prevalent and transparent. There were a few good entries on this topic in 2009, and I expect it to increase radically in the mobile computing space. This is one significant way of overcoming information overload issues with the massive amount of data being collected."

"To turn the entire windshield into a transparent display, GM uses a special type of glass coated with red-emitting and blue-emitting phosphors--a clear synthetic material that glows when it is excited by ultraviolet light. "

Looks like this particular technology is a way off since the articles says it will not be part of a production car until 2018 at the earliest.

One of the other items described in the video was the use of eye-tracking to achieve an effective virtual interface. They are getting more information than just how to align the graphics, since eye-tracking adds a new dimension to the interaction with the computer, allowing it to fade into the environment - when done correctly.  The eye-tracking can see how effective the virtual display is at attracting attention and aid with attention management for the driver.

Originally posted on The Next Big Thing blog


Augmented reality windshield

This Technology Review blog entry describes a "enhanced vision system" from General Motors that can highlighting landmarks, obstacles and road edges on the windshield in real-time. The video in the entry also talks about integrating with GPS systems, to clearly mark desired locations. By using a variety of sensors, various hazards and points of interest can also be shown.

One of the areas I mentioned to watch in 2010 is augmented reality.

"The merger between reality and computer displays is becoming more prevalent and transparent. There were a few good entries on this topic in 2009, and I expect it to increase radically in the mobile computing space. This is one significant way of overcoming information overload issues with the massive amount of data being collected."

"To turn the entire windshield into a transparent display, GM uses a special type of glass coated with red-emitting and blue-emitting phosphors--a clear synthetic material that glows when it is excited by ultraviolet light. "

Looks like this particular technology is a way off since the articles says it will not be part of a production car until 2018 at the earliest.

One of the other items described in the video was the use of eye-tracking to achieve an effective virtual interface. They are getting more information than just how to align the graphics, since eye-tracking adds a new dimension to the interaction with the computer, allowing it to fade into the environment - when done correctly.  The eye-tracking can see how effective the virtual display is at attracting attention and aid with attention management for the driver.

Originally posted on The Next Big Thing blog

Blogger Profile: Charlie Bess
Charles Bess has worked in the Information Technology industry for about 30 years supporting a variety of large organizations and industries. Charlie has performed a variety of formal and technical leadership roles throughout EDS and now HP. He is a licensed professional engineer and in 2002, a senior member of IEEE and was recognized as a Fellow within HP for his focus on value delivery and innovation. Currently he is focused on the Chief Technologist functional relationship between HP and its largest clients. In addition to these activities, Charlie has also worked as a public speaker, advisor to SMUs MBA program and supported engineering and computer science activities at Purdue University and University of North Texas. He’s been blogging on technology and business value related topics since early 2003.

Posted by Sue Ansell at April 1, 2010 1:30 PM

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