New System Turns Your Windshield into a Tour Guide
CREDIT: The Aeon Project
Thanks to augmented reality heads up displays (HUD), a car's windshield doesn't just squash bugs and keep out rain. These advanced HUDs can replace the speedometer, provide directions and, in the Aeon project from Dassault Systems, even serve as an interactive tour guide.
The Aeon project incorporates the navigation and general controls you'd expect from a HUD system, but also allows users to learn about surrounding areas with the swipe of finger, or turning the screen into a visual story about passing architecture.
Designer Michael Harboun has teamed up with Dassault Systems to develop the Aeon, which is intended to provide the user with unique experiences by enabling them to select different applications while they travel. The meter has three main levels; augmented reality (text information), mixed reality (3D integration) and virtual reality (complete virtual immersion), all of which can easily be controlled by the user with just a hand gesture.
Aeon's developers hope that cities would create their own applications, which would highlight their cultural institutions and would enable users to visualize the stories behind the areas architecture. During their drive, the user has the ability to decrease or increase the amount of virtual information appearing on the window via a meter.
At the moment, the idea is just a hypothetical one, but with the creation of autonomous cars, such as those Google is developing, systems like Aeon might be here sooner than we realize.
You have to wonder though, with all the laws about texting and using phones while driving that have recently come into existence, whether or not an entire windshield that turns into a touch screen and displays images would get very far once it met up with law enforcement.