CES Highlights: Day 2 – Audi, Garmin and More

Todays announcements from CES largely followed in the vein of yesterdays news, maintaining a focus on wearables, the internet of things and in-car technology.

Weve already looked at the the Dominos Pizza app being integrated into Fords SYNC AppLink in-car system, Sleep Numbers smart bed, and Yahoos wide range of announcements – but here are a few more of the most interesting stories from the showfloor.

Satnav firm Garmin demonstrated its interactive HUD (Heads-Up Display) interface for cars, which will be be projected onto cars windscreen in the drivers natural line of sight.

A proximity sensor on the steering wheel switches between a passive mode, presenting audio and visual info with minimum disruption, and interactive mode, which can be controlled with two additional buttons on the wheel, to access full navigation and traffic information, make calls and play music.

Unlike Garmins previous offerings, this isnt mounted by the driver, but rather incorporated into cars by the manufacturer. Though it seems like automotive brands have their own ideas…

Audi has revealed its Smart Display, a 10.2″ Android tablet intended to offer entertainment for passengers.

The tablet can be used to control the cars radio, media and navigation functionality, as well as accessing the usual range of Android apps via a WLAN connection to the internet, which Audi promises will deliver LTE speeds.

While everyone else was showing their smart glasses offering, Innovega announced that its smart contact lenses, which project a full field of view display, have developed from a feasibility demonstration to a fully-functional piece of technology.

Its an impressive claim, which promises to push wearable tech even deeper into sci-fi territory – well certainly be keeping our eye on it (no pun intended) in the coming months.