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an alternative (& patented) visual display for a car navigation system. the driver sees the Virtual Cable image using her peripheral vision through the windshield. a red line appears as if suspended over the road, similar to a trolley cable. the image is in true 3D & by way of perspective effects & superimpositions, appears to be a natural part of the landscape.

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3 COMMENTS

wow what happens in the night and do you really think the user will concentrate more on the traffic or the cable wire, but this is a great way to start thinking about car navigation.

Mon 26 May 2008 at 11:30 PM
saikat dutta

In fact the system used seems quite close to the fighter jets HUDs; with laser projection on the windshield.

Thus it is a very good idea to improve concentration on the road, and it also works by night. But maybe they could try a different option, with the red cable being (virtually) on the road and not in the air.

Tue 27 May 2008 at 2:42 AM

Reminds me of the beginning of Isaac Asimov's Foundation:

The Supervisor looked up, "Where to?"
Gaal's funds were low, but there was only this one night and then he would have a job. He tried to sound nonchalant: "A good hotel, please."
The Supervisor was unimpressed. "They're all good. Name one."
Gall said, desperately, "The nearest one, please."
The Supervisor touched a button. A thin line of light formed along the floor, twisting among other which brightened and dimmed in different colors and shades. A ticket was shoved into Gaal's hands. It glowed faintly.
The Supervisor said, "One point twelve."
Gaal fumbled for the coins. He said, "Where do I go?"
Follow the light. The ticket will keep glowing as long as you're pointed in the right direction."
Gaal looked up and began walking. There were hundreds creeping across the vast floor, following their individual trails, sifting and straining themselves through intersection points to arrive at their respective destinations.

Tue 27 May 2008 at 4:37 AM
thrax
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