Well if you’re looking for crazy cool looking eyewear that will get you noticed, these glasses should do the trick. Of course, you need to be a MINI driver to get full use of them. They’re MINI Augmented Vision goggles that will soon see the light of day at Auto Shanghai 2015.
As their style might indicate, these aren’t just your average pair of glasses. They’re designed to connect MINI drivers to their car by projecting all sorts of info, including an X-Ray view, within the driver’s sights. The project is still in the prototype phase.
“MINI Augmented Vision gives an insight into how intelligent connectivity between a MINI car and eyewear into which relevant content is projected might work in the future,” explains Dr. Jörg Preißinger, project-manager MINI Augmented Vision, BMW Group research and technology. “Working with several Qualcomm companies, we have created an interlinked system and augmented reality eyewear with a characteristic MINI design that revolutionize the experience both in and outside the vehicle. This prototype with its customized, interactive functions succeeds in fusing augmented reality with the brand’s trademark sense of lifestyle.”
MINI has quite a list of things it’s designed these glasses to do. They’ll display navigation data, mph, speed limits, messaging alerts and even give you points of interests that you pass by. There is also something called “augmented parking”, which is a camera on the far-side mirror that will project its view into the driver’s glasses so you can find the curb. Here’s how MINI puts it in its press release:
- Destination entry for navigation and transfer to vehicle: Selecting destination points when outside the vehicle, then transferring them to the vehicle.
- First Mile / Last Mile: Navigation display from the current location to the vehicle or from the vehicle to the final destination.
- Head-up display functions: Display of speed, speed limits etc. in the eyewear so the information is in the driver’s primary field of view, with data always shown in same place above steering wheel to make sure that no road users are concealed from sight.
- Contact-analogue navigation and points of interest: Reality is enhanced by contact-analogue navigation arrows “on” the road, as well as display of points of interest along the route, such as open parking spaces. The driver´s attention can always stay focused on the traffic.
- Messaging: A small icon is shown in the eyewear when a message is received. The SMS/message can then be read out by the car while driving for safety.
- X-Ray View / transparent vehicle parts: A virtual view through parts of the vehicle (such as A-pillars and doors) serves to render external areas or objects concealed by the car visible.
- Augmented Parking: This facilitates parking by projecting the images from a camera housed in the (farside) mirror into the eyewear. In this way, the distance from the curb can be clearly and easily ascertained.
Photo Credit: MINI