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To get the right reflection image, you need to have your smartphone screen image reversed — HUD
apps offer this.
You can find plenty of them in the app stores by “HUD” keyword.
We recommend you to start with the following ones:
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We suggest a few solutions to help get better reflection visibility in daytime:
— Adjusting glass angle (the best reflection image is obtained at 53°)
— Augmenting phone screen brightness
— Opting for green UI elements (and this is one of the thing we already implemented in HUDWAY Trip app, and are implementing in the new offline app, too). Sygic and Navmii apps can help about it, too.
Technically, it will work with any smartphone if at least 90% of its screen size caught by the glass. But the thing is that the screen reflection size directly correlates with the glass adjustment angle and can vary pretty much. This is why we'd take iPhone 6 Plus for the benchmark, and wouldn't recommend anything larger, since we have little confidence in the performance.
Look, although the phone is a bit longer than the accessory cradle, the screen still fits well.
Here’s a pic to illustrate it: https://hsto.org/files/6bf/a2b/60a/6bfa2b60a0fe4b05a64f45bc90f38c7e.jpg
So, make sure your phone length and width are within 158x77 mm (6.2x3.1 inches) and feel free to make a pledge.
Now about phone+case combo. We can't check all the phone model + case model combos. But what we recommend is that the overall weight of your combo is within 300-350 g (10-12 oz) — and most combinations meet this requirement. Beyond that the adjustable mount may get instable. The compact one wil still be OK to some extention.
Thus, the advice: know the weight of your phone+case combo.
Both adjustable and compact mounts stick to the surface — and by surface we mean any dashboard surface — thanks to the industrial strength adhesive. It firmly holds the accessory, and is completely removable, too. Looks like it needs a proper illustration. In the next update we’ll shoot a video about it.
1. Initially, we planned to make only the adjustable stand adhesive reusable, and the compact one non-reusable. This is because of the different size of the sticky area that attaches to the dashboard — the adjustable mount has a bigger bottom platform. Also, the compact mount in no way interferes with the visibility area, and doesn't require frequent detachments. If we manage to find a reusable adhesive that will work well on a smaller surface area, we'll definitely use it, and thus make both stands reattachable.
2. Mounts "reusability" degree will largely depend on how well you wipe the dashboard surface before attaching the mount, and how you store the mounts when ou're not using them. As we know that it's almost impossible to make users diligently follow the recommendations we may give on that, we could say that adhesion characteristics of any modern materials would fade quite soon.
3. Well, we can enclose supplementary adhesive layers in the box. This question is still open with us. Or, we may sell them at a small price in some online shop.
4. We'll test all the issues we doubt about before the production starts, and will be more exact about it after the environmental tests.
We've had previous experience with shipping, and want to arrange the shipment in such a way that will deliver backers from all the problems related to getting their orders.
This is the reason why we arrange the produced batch delivery to the large logistics centers in the US and Europe, manage the customs clearance, and arrange the end delivery — so that you get the shipment arrives where you need it, and not the customs notification prescribing you to collect some documents, pay the customs fee, and wait in the queue to get the shipment.
When indicating the delivery costs, we just wanted to reflect the rates of shipping companies for the delivery and customs clearing services. Yes, the cost of delivery for different countries varies, but there's no option in Kickstarter to indicate the delivery info for each region, and we had to give average figures.
Looks like the audience doesn't like short answers :) OK guys, here is an abstract of a person who tested HUDWAY Glass prototype (#nofilter #nophotoshop #nocorrections):
«Daytime driving. Performance depends upon time of day and brightness of the sunshine. Let me explain. In general, you can see the image clearly in HUDWAY Glass. Not unexpectedly, the level of detail that you can see at night is not present during daylight hours. Large image objects (arrows, lane markings and such) have good resolution but smaller image objects (text and numbers) may be a bit harder to discern. For example, in Awesome HUD there is a compass that is displayed on top that fades out a bit. This issue can be corrected somewhat by adjusting the angle of the glass but it is still present to some extent.
Whenever you drive directly into the sun, the performance degrades significantly to the extent that the smaller image objects disappear.
However, the large image objects remain visible. This is to be expected but cannot really be helped unless you can adjust the brightness of the display on your device so that it reflects better onto HUDWAY Glass».
And, this clearly explains why HUDWAY app deliberately avoids small elements (like texts or icons), and shows only the most important info — shows it large. Also, the visual info is supported (or duplicated) with voice assistant.
Long journeys in intense summer sunlight blazing in your face may cause phone overheating, yes — please bear in mind that HUDWAY Glass is a passive accessory, and it is not equipped with any temperature sensors and cooling elements. Smartphones have their own methods to detect overheating, switch off and cool down, you may know that.
Also, air conditioner and cooler temperature inside the car will considerably help the situation.
Additional note for those who plan to use their old smartphones for that purpose: make sure you don't leave your phone on the dashboard when parking it in hot days under harsh sunlight.
Short answer: no.
We'd love to introduce something for motorcycles, but so far can't figure out any universal solution. For that, tech requirements will be rather different — and we need to properly study it to offer a good and safe product.
We'd love to. The least complicated solution is to add an inductive charger, but the thing is that only a very limited range of smartphone models can benefit from it. For everybody else, it bears zero value.
Now, if we start thinking of some really convenient and universal solution — say, a kind of battery, so that HUDWAY Glass cradle could work as a powerbank, — this requires major revisions of the prototype we came to through several series of tests and modifications. And it goes well beyond the product we offer — moreover, it becomes a new product we cannot offer you within this campaign, as it in no sense fits the estimations on production and shipment time.
Look guys, it's very simple. The glass in the Glass works like a mirror — and to see the right picture in the mirror, we need the screen image to be reversed. This is what we mean when we say that the app should support HUD mode to be compatible with HUDWAY Glass.
Neither Google Maps, nor Waze support this. And it's not us who can do anything about that.
For those with jailbroken iPhones, there is a tweak: http://www.iphonehacks.com/2015/03/how-to-turn-your-iphone-into-an-hud-for-your-car-heads-up-display-mode.html
For everybody else — sorry guys, no universal cure.
With this said, just a gentle reminder that HUDWAY app works off Google Maps, Apple Maps and OpenStreetMap — these two have pretty good coverage globally. You can switch among these in the app settings, and see which work best for your region. And we don't charge for navigation functions.
Our special recommendation for China: guys, Baidu maps rock there! Ad we do plan to implement it in HUDWAY.
What you get for free as a backer is HUDWAY Glass app (a bit awkward name, but OK so far).
HUDWAY Glass app is made to match the accessory and offers a set of simple use cases for immediate use when at wheel. The first version released in the App Store and Google Play will have about 6 display options, from compass and speedometer to trip calculator and land meter simulation that can be used for cross-country navigation. The first version will offer no complicated things like navigation — these will be added step-by-step in the following updates.
HUDWAY app is already available in Google Play and App Store (http://hudwayapp.com/store/). This app works off Google Maps, Apple Maps and OpenStreetMap, which allows for its global coverage. It was designed specifically for navigation in low visibility, mainly outside the city. This is where it works best alerting on the upcoming road curves when you can’t see them yet in your car headlights.
All the navigation functions are forever free in HUDWAY. Paid features, like route view customization, and Voice Assistant are available by subscriptions. There are two subscriptions, 1-year (€2.99) and lifetime (€8.99).
Here we have a more detailed guide on HUDWAY app: http://support.hudwayapp.com/hc/en-us/categories/200118408