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Postby Quill on Fri Oct 18, 2002 9:05 am

This appeared in the Investor's Business Daily newspaper yesterday (10-17) but I can't give a link because the site is member-only.

Where Will They Show Up Next?
by James DeTar

"Video screens are getting smaller all the time. Some high quality screens are as small as a person's thumbnail. And they're showing up in some unusual places.

Kopin Corp. of Taunton, Mass., makes such screens.

The firm has a new partner in Germany's Schuberth Helmets. Together they unveiled a new race driver helmet-mounted display last week.

Using the display, which is a tiny screen, drivers traveling at speeds above 200 mph can see and talk to the race crew.

They can monitor critical race data while focusing on the road. The display's even visible in near-blinding sun.

BMW says drivers of tis race cars will use the enwe helmets in Formula One events.

A street version may be on the way.

"We're eager to explore additional possibilities for the Kopin technology beyond Formula One racing," said BMW's Juergen Bruegl."
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Postby Kellogg on Fri Oct 18, 2002 11:06 am

Neat! I want one! :)
Heck, I'd settle for a heads up display on a windshield. :D

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Postby Mako on Fri Oct 18, 2002 1:01 pm

Kellogg wrote:Neat! I want one! :)
Heck, I'd settle for a heads up display on a windshield. :D

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You can buy one with a new Corvette wrapped around it, and your good to go, or if that's a little too pricey, you can install one into your current ride: http://www.machv.com/headupdisspe.html for just a little bit less cash :)

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Postby AirbornFox on Sat Oct 19, 2002 10:36 am

Mako Wrote:
You can buy one with a new Corvette wrapped around it, and your good to go, or if that's a little too pricey, you can install one into your current ride: http://www.machv.com/headupdisspe.html for just a little bit less cash

I want one! didnt know these were out, I know some of the higher end luxury cars are also coming out with HUD night vision displays on em 2.

Speaking of technology on cars, anyone else hear thet they are going to try to make those tire pressure sensors mandatory on the newer cars?
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Postby Batty den on Sat Oct 19, 2002 6:02 pm

Kellogg wrote:Neat! I want one! :)
Heck, I'd settle for a heads up display on a windshield. :D

Scott


I saw a demo by Jaguar UK on a night vision system. The car had a 1000watt infra-red floodlight in place of a driving light, and an IR camera mounted just above the driver's head. The camera output was projected onto the windscreen as a HUD so that it over-layed what the driver could see through the windscreen. Anything that reflected the IR showed up white, even if it was a black cat.

All I could think was "Night driving in the bush. Kangaroos! You could see kangaroos!"

I'll have one of them, thank you.


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Postby Icefox on Mon Oct 21, 2002 7:46 am

Nifty! I had heard of these, but didn't know they actually existed yet! :o

...What kind of difference would it make for city-driving, though?
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Postby ZOMBIE USER 6611 on Mon Oct 21, 2002 8:38 am

Mako wrote:You can buy one with a new Corvette wrapped around it, and you're good to go...
Or a Cadillac:
http://www.azstarnet.com/public/startec ... eville.htm
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Postby Kellogg on Mon Oct 21, 2002 8:45 am

LevelHead wrote:
Mako wrote:You can buy one with a new Corvette wrapped around it, and you're good to go...
Or a Cadillac:
http://www.azstarnet.com/public/startec ... eville.htm


Neat! Neat! Neat! :D

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Postby Mako on Tue Oct 22, 2002 10:24 am

AirbornFox wrote:Mako Wrote:
You can buy one with a new Corvette wrapped around it, and your good to go, or if that's a little too pricey, you can install one into your current ride: http://www.machv.com/headupdisspe.html for just a little bit less cash

I want one! didnt know these were out, I know some of the higher end luxury cars are also coming out with HUD night vision displays on em 2.

Speaking of technology on cars, anyone else hear thet they are going to try to make those tire pressure sensors mandatory on the newer cars?


The low pressure sensors are a solid idea, a lot of the guys running the open road races like the Pont Express are using them, as are some of the road track racers. The down side is they are fragile and too easy for Joe Lugnut at the tire shop to trash. They also require more lead on the wheel to balance.

I know Corvette (except fo Z06) has them, possibly some of the European marques have them as well. Personally I have no need for the added cost and complexity, but for BillyBob Dimbulb, another on board Mommy system has some benefits.

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Postby Edward Sanhusky on Wed Oct 23, 2002 12:08 am

I'm afraid it's my opinion that there's more technology than is really necessary in cars already. A HUD disply would be cool, but it's also a $5000 (at least) repair job if it breaks. As for tire pressure sensors, I'd also want the tire inflation system the military started putting on their newer vehicles.

I saw a pair of VR goggles in a computer supply catalog a couple of years ago that had the effect of a 15" monitor, my StarTac CDMA phone doubles as a 14400 modem, I'm currently using an optical mouse, it really surprises me we don't have a portable computer that uses these technologies to their full advantage.
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Postby Kellogg on Wed Oct 23, 2002 5:58 am

Tire pressure sensors.

Probably the average driver would only need a warning idiot light
that says "Check tires" if the pressure drops below a certain point.
A quarter of a pound of pressure won't make much difference to
them.

The tire inflation system though, that would really only be useful for
off road vehicles where you can't get to an air pump at a gas station,
or you need to air-down the tires for better traction in loose dirt.

Edward Sanhusky wrote:I saw a pair of VR goggles in a computer supply catalog a couple of years ago that had the effect of a 15" monitor, my StarTac CDMA phone doubles as a 14400 modem, I'm currently using an optical mouse, it really surprises me we don't have a portable computer that uses these technologies to their full advantage.


Probably more a question of marketing. Every time they show a "Wearable computer" on the tech shows, it seems like they portray the
people who developed it as some kind of Trekkie. Sort of an attitude of
Gee, this is kinda cool, but isn't that guy a weirdo?

It's sort of like the way people with mobile phones and pagers were
viewed when they first came out. They were big and bulky and sort
of a geeky status symbol. Not something for the general public,
until they became unobtrusive enough that the geek factor wore off.

I think we're going to be stuck with that kind of attitude until wearable
computers are less obtrusive. At least that's the sort of thing I've been
trying to portray. Jenny wears hers in her hair all the time. It was a
while before it became evident that they were more than just glasses.

That's why for the most part, the computers they wear aren't your
standard big, bulky VR headsets that you see in science fiction all
the time. :)

By 2066, laser corrective eye surgery will be so commonplace that
anyone wearing glasses in 2066, is actually wearing a computer.
(Unless they're wearing sunglasses or something).

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Postby Kellogg on Thu Oct 24, 2002 6:54 am

Hmm... I wonder if posting a reply to this thread will get it re-listed
in the topics... (Cross your fingers!)

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