Hudaway Glass solves a problem in an elegant way, and it definitely is better than placing your phone up against the windshield, but it lacks practicality for wide adoption and falls in to novelty category for most users, good thing its only $39 so you don't need to worry about the cost.
It is a simple accessory, which turns any smartphone into a head-up display. Moreover, it eliminates many issues associated with projecting an image onto a windshield, including doubling of the image, lack of reflection during daytime, image size and a few others.
Are you wondering if this is worth backing?
Low cost head-up display possible?
At first glance – this campaign seemed like existing new gadget, but fairly quickly we realized that, Hudaway glass was simple – yet clever approach to affordable head-up display.
Your phone creates the hud projection to deliver that awesome feeling of not having to look at your phone for speed or directions(Luxury experience as creators put it)
Device consists of plastic base with a mount, and “special” clear plastic that reflects phone screen, here is more info on that:
The crux is in the glass. It’s the main HUDWAY Glass component — a plastic lens, very lightweight and of low fragility, which means that cuts are unlikely even if it gets broken. The glass has an aspheric shape, which allows to get a 20% larger image while at the same time minimize spherical, comatic, and chromatic aberrations. In other words, when looking through the curved glass you still see the road as it is, with no distortions.
We are not worried about cuts but reduction of reflections is a good, all components are fairly simple to manufacture, in fact according to campaign page, initial units have been manufactured on fairly large scale and are ready for mass production.
How practical can Hudway Glass be?
We thinks it is a good idea, and there are applications where it maybe useful, but in terms of day-to-day practicality it is not an effective tool.
Lets consider this – if you are about to embark on a long trip, then having HUD is very useful – you will be driving your vehicle for a long time and need to pay close attention to directions, speed etc. So you will be willing to put in the extra effort to setup the phone and place it on Hudway Glass.
Now, if you get in, and out of the car many times every day – as time goes by and novelty fades, it becomes routine. Seemingly simple task of setting up your HUD grows to be a chore, and inevitably you use it less and less.
It is naive to think that people will leave their phone in same position for long time. As much as we would like people to stop using their phone while driving – they will keep doing it – yes, you know you will too. So this idea of added safety is very abstract; people get calls, messages and all sorts of social updates all the time, and they will reach for their phone.After you take call or tweek your cat photos, you need to position it back on the hud and it must be running your map, yehhh.. =/
Application support is something to consider as well, this device is produced by app company – their goal is to drive core product(Hudaway map application), custom application will need to come from other app makers.
Hudaway Glass solves a problem in an elegant way, and it definitely is better than placing your phone up against the windshield, but it lacks practicality for wide adoption and falls in to novelty category for most users, good thing its only $39 so you don’t need to worry about the cost.
Will Hudaway Glass deliver?
Campaign mentions that product is ready for mass production, and we have no reason to think aotherwise, delivery time is in March 2016(realistic).
If you are currently using your phone as hud – definitely back thing project – it will make your experience better. If not – think about practicality and how you will interact with your phone