Thursday, May 29, 2008

Virtual Cable™


This might be listed in the "too cool to be true" section, but if it is truly as good as they say, I love it!

Mentioned at their web site:
Virtual Cable™ is a unique display for a car navigation system. The driver sees the Virtual Cable™ image through the windshield. It appears as if suspended over the road, similar to a trolley cable. The image is in true 3D and appears to be a natural part of the landscape. The driver uses only peripheral vision to follow the Virtual Cable™.

The Virtual Cable™ is so powerful, intuitive, unambiguous and safe because it appears and behaves with true 3 dimensionality within the landscape.


Also noted on their site:
They have video simulations demonstrating the Virtual Cable™. These videos are limited by the 2 dimensionality of your computer screen. Nothing we can show on a flat screen can prepare you for the impressive way the truly 3 dimensional Virtual Cable™ looks within the real landscape.


And finally, how it gets to the consumer:
To appear real within the landscape, the image must be truly three-dimensional. The Virtual Cable™ uses a unique volumetric display to create this 3D image (patent pending).

The Virtual Cable™ displays can be offered at prices competitive with the embedded screen-based car navigation systems. All components used by the Virtual Cable™ display are currently mass produced for other purposes.

In terms of components independence, the Virtual Cable™ display (as a part of navigation system) is analogous to a PC monitor (as a part of a personal computer system). Just as a PC (CPU) may by upgraded, or replaced, without replacing the monitor, the route-planning device may be upgraded, or replaced, while keeping the original, factory-installed Virtual Cable™ display.

The Virtual Cable™ display must be factory-installed in a car and can be integrated with ANY method of route planning: voice interface, in-car instrument panel screen, portable map display system, cell phone, PDA, or PC.

This flexible design allows car companies to integrate with a single navigation/telematics service provider or to give customers a choice of several providers. The car companies could improve their share of the car navigation market by offering a superior display while freeing them from having to participate in the day-to-day customer support of the route planning devices and services.