Lewis JefferiesProduct Design BSc
Tecx Specx explores the new rise in wearable technology, investigating the potential use and benefits it could provide for driving scenarios. Currently many in-car tech products distract users due to elaborative touchscreen interfaces, and the need to look away from the road. Tecx Specx offers a scenario in which the user can obtain satellite navigation and speed information, while maintaining their vision upon the road. The concept was tested using a driving simulator, with an onscreen interface providing a benefit and an advantage, with participants obtaining information quicker and more frequently, resulting in the question, should new laws be written for smart glasses? An interface design has been created along with a final design package: the smart glasses, a wirelessly inductive charging case and an OBD-II reader, which can connect to any car since 1996, to send information between the vehicle and the glasses. The spectacles include additional benefits such as removable arms for upgrading electronics, in addition to a magnet and gold-plated connector at the hinge, to power and operate the components in both arms of the glasses.