Navdy feels like driving in the future

Navdy is a breakthrough Head­Up Display (HUD) aftermarket car console that allows drivers to access their smartphone’s apps while keeping their eyes on the road. Navdy combines a high quality projection display with voice and gesture controls to create a safer, highly intuitive driving experience. Combining advanced display technology with touch­less controls means drivers no longer need to fumble around with their phone to navigate, communicate or control their music.

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That’s a referral link above. If you pre-order one, I’ll get a $30 refund.

Concept: Ubuntu’s HUD

Say hello to the Head-Up Display, or HUD, which will ultimately replace menus in Unity applications. Here’s what we hope you’ll see in 12.04 when you invoke the HUD from any standard Ubuntu app that supports the global menu.

To me, this seems:

  • good to keyboarders like me (I’m a fan of QuickSilver/Alfred, shortcuts, etc.)
  • unusable to all other users

Problem is that you have to know the name of the action you want to invoke. Sometimes — especially when you’re new in a program — you’ll want to skim through the menu/options to get to know the app or to get to the action you want.

However, it does seem like a quick jump to voice control: instead of typing, just say what you want. An ideal situation would be to keep the menu as we know it, and provide the mechanics/features of the HUD via voice control.

Introducing the HUD. Say hello to the future of the menu. →