Navigation from peripheral vision

by Daniel

The problem with navigation applications during the act of navigation is that there is way too much information at hand. Once I start a navigation app, the two questions I have in mind are “When do I need to turn, and in what direction will it be?” I am under the assumption that most navigation occurs in the context of a city, while driving or biking — distractions are unsafe and unwelcome.

On a long drive, I pondered up a hands-free way to navigate without looking at a screen or listening to a nagging voice. Here’s my attempt to answer this question in the form of a smartphone app:

The app sits just inside your peripheral vision, and its sole purpose is to kick into gear when your next turn approaches with highly visible indicators. For example, if a right turn approaches, the app’s screen:
* fades from a neutral color to yellow, as if to say slow down
* a HUGE arrow facing in the direction of your turn slides down from the top. When the vertex of the arrow reaches the bottom of your screen, make the turn.

The idea is that you can navigate to a location without ever looking at a device after the initial destination’s input — the information about the next turn is fed to the user without any effort. Less time with your head down, fewer deaths on the road, and sharper focus on what lay ahead.

Try looking off to the side, and hit the ‘Right Turn Approaching’ button below: