See-through Prius: A Backup Camera Projected onto a Car’s Rear Seat for Augmented Reality Reversing
You can drive one car all you want, 10 years or more, and the odds are you’ll never truly ascertain where the rear bumper is when backing up. Hence all the crushed license plates, scuffed bumpers, and assortment of bumper pads that you can now buy for crowded cities with small and limited parking spots. Back up cameras are a great resolve, but there is most certainly a leap of faith that one has undertake. And even in practice they’re questionably accurate, if not lacking in confidence building.
If you recall, a number of years ago we saw an invisibility cloak from Japanese companies Tachi and Inami. The tech combined some specially reflective beads infused into a jacket with a camera and a projector. The result was an almost see-through, or invincible person. Nevertheless, the tech and concept has since gone quiet, that is until today when Inami announced a version that could possibly be implemented into cars.
Conceptually it works very similarly to that of the aforementioned invisibility cloak. But instead of hiding a person, the image is projected onto the rear seat of a car. So when the driver looks back, who is presumably wearing a headset to account for changes in perspective, they see “through” the car. Needless to say, the image is drawn from a camera system mounted on the car, which changes angle according to where the driver looks. Inami hasn’t said what kind of material has been placed on the backseat to accomplish this feat, but the above pic shows off its accuracy as the heads of those walking by are clearly connected to their bodies. Nevertheless, we’re still not sure if could help one determine how much space is left between their rear bumper and the objects behind them. But one thing is for sure, it would be a lot easier to see kids on bicycles or stray animals that happen to cross your path when backing out of your driveway.