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Navdy Heads-Up Display Begins Shipping After Crowdfunding Success

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The Navdy Heads-Up Display hits the market after gaining crowdfunding support. (Screengrab via www.navdy.com)

By    |   Tuesday, 25 Oct 2016 02:14 PM

The Navdy Heads-Up Display is finally being shipped after creating a buzz two years ago with a crowdfunding campaign to get the navigation technology off the ground and into vehicles.

The device, which sits on a vehicle's dashboard and projects its graphics onto a clear shield, displays such things as vehicle speed, navigation instructions, alerts for incoming phone calls and text messages, audio information, and vehicle gauges, according to CNET.com. It is being sold for $799.

That price is a jump from those who preordered the device two years ago during the crowdfunding campaign for $299 per unit. At that time, the Navdy was projected to cost $499 after preorders, CNET.com noted.

"That's… pretty steep, for a device that primarily doubles as a more convenient and/or potentially less distracting means of doing stuff that, for the most part, your smartphone already does," wrote Greg Kamparek, of Tech Crunch.

"Meanwhile, Anker — a company known for building solid stuff on the cheap – has already announced their plans to build something similar enough that it's hard to avoid calling it a clone. With that said: d***, this thing looks cool in person," Kamparek added.

The tech website Engadget wrote that users will need access to the vehicle's OBD II port, but that most vehicles built in 1996 and afterward should have the port available.

"The full-color HUD display is impressive," wrote Roberto Baldwin, of Engadget. "Simply flip up its display and adjust it to your viewing angle. It handles direct sunlight and the darkest night without being washed out, but isn't so bright that it burns your retinas.

"Information is presented clearly, which is what you'd want from something designed to keep your eyes on the road. Even when filled with information you're never distracted from what's ahead of you. By default, Navdy has adjusted the focus range of the display so that the images appear to hover over the hood of a car," Baldwin continued.

He wrote that while the Navdy comes with its own mapping app, its biggest drawback is that it does not support current mapping apps on smartphones.

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