Technophilum Errantus

Photo by: Danny Bowman

Dean and Holly drove to Hendricks Hill for some hiking and nature-time.

Dean stopped the car to show off. “Look! My new HUD shows direction, speed, altitude!”

“Uh huh,” said Holly.

He took a pic of Hendricks Hill and displayed it on the windshield. “Look!”

“Wow! It looks lifelike.”

Dean became distracted with his hi-tech watch which still displayed only in Chinese, then set off. After twenty minutes Holly looked up from her book. “Aren’t we there yet?”

Dean stopped and stepped out. They’d nearly run into the hill!

“Oops!”

“What happened?”

“Forgot to turn off the picture on the windscreen.”
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Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2017/09/06/8-september-2017/

Author’s Notes:

Just in case anyone is unfamiliar: HUD = Heads Up Display. A system that displays information on the windscreen of an aircraft or car. This way, pilots/drivers need not look away from where they’re going. From Wiki: “…is any transparent display that presents data without requiring users to look away from their usual viewpoints. The origin of the name stems from a pilot being able to view information with the head positioned “up” and looking forward, instead of angled down looking at lower instruments. A HUD also has the advantage that the pilot’s eyes do not need to refocus to view the outside after looking at the optically nearer instruments.”

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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39 Responses to Technophilum Errantus

  1. Good one! I recently saw the HUD in my friends car (or rather on her drivers side windscreen). Somehow it seems distracting to me, as your story points out too!

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  2. James says:

    Well that could be a problem. Sometimes the old school is the best school

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  3. Varad says:

    Lol! Some people don’t deserve such toys. Good one, EA. Loved the humor.

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  4. Jelli says:

    Giggles… funny! I can see a particular motherinlaw being dumb enough to do just that. Seriously. She had an accident looking down at the backing camera feed while she had the car in drive…not fooling.

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  5. Lyn says:

    I saw a techie thingy about HUD on TV just a couple of weeks ago. My first thought was it could be very distracting, even though it was transparent and you could still see through the windscreen. Even with a transparent map, you could still stuff up – Deanie boy proved that. LOL another good story off the beaten track, Eric 😀

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    • EagleAye says:

      I think it would take some getting used to. Ultimately, I think it’ll be a good thing because folks will keep their attention on the road where it should be. Still, if things get too fancy (folks reading the news on their windscreen…while driving) then yeah, it could be a problem. Glad you enjoyed this Lyn. Thank you much! 🙂

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  6. I’m going to quote Rochelle on this one. It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. You may supposedly be looking at the road ahead, but if you’re rather seeing the display on the windscreen, trouble awaits.

    Just for interest sake my FF story ” Cousin Eric’s Burger” was posted on “The Drabble yesterday. ☺

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  7. Susan says:

    Boys and there toys. Gotta love them.

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  8. Joy Pixley says:

    Seems to me like there’s a safety feature missing from this new toy, hm… Or maybe this is the next wave of Darwin Awards waiting to happen? 🙂

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  9. Dear Eric,

    One has to wonder if new technology is always better. In this case perhaps not so much. Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yep. It isn’t always an improvement. But then, who’s fault is it? That varies, I notice. Is it an inherent flaw in the tech, or is it the user? We’ve had fire for thousands of years and people are “still” mishandling it. 😉 Thanks Rochelle!

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  10. k rawson says:

    Progress brings endless opportunities to distract ourselves, I guess! Well done.

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  11. Technology is taking over our lives. I sometimes wish we could take a step or two back!

    Click to read my FriFic

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  12. rgayer55 says:

    I know a few technology addicts who would love to have HUD. Personally, I’m easily enough distracted without any high-tech assistance. 🙂

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  13. Haha!! Fantastic! My new car has lane drifting sensors and back-up sensors and side sensors and tire pressure sensors and a bossy GPS. Backing out of a parking spot at the grocery store sets off alarms and whistles and bells and I slam on the brakes only to find that a sensor is howling about a tree 8 feet away. I can totally relate to your guy. Great story EagleAye. :o)

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! Do you remember those voices that told you your door was open? I think the verdict on those was universal. They aren’t in use anymore. I had a GPS once that got pretty mad at me. “U-turn! U-turn now, you moron!” 😉 Glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks very much!

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  14. granonine says:

    Pretty funny. Could have ended in a disaster–glad he stopped in time 🙂

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  15. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Nice take on the prompt, I so focused on his distraction with his toys I forgot about the display on the windshield. I laughed when I read what happened.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Good to know that worked. I wanted a reason he forgot to remove the image, something that might also distract the reader. That’s the effect I was looking for. Glad you got a laugh. Thanks very much! 🙂

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  16. subroto says:

    Art imitating reality and could happen sooner than we think. The Tesla driver who made history as the first man to die at the wheel of a semi-autonomous vehicle apparently had his hands on the wheel for just 25 seconds in a 37-minute driving period.

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    • EagleAye says:

      True enough. Big changes are coming, but humans still need to monitor things and be smart. I was reading an article about the Tesla you mentioned. It said, “Semi-autonomous features have proven to improve vehicle safety so long as drivers continue to pay attention when vehicles or other objects suddenly enter their path. As automakers like Tesla continue to push features that give cars limited autonomy, they must also account for the limitations of human drivers.”

      Thanks much for commenting! 🙂

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  17. Ha! Too much tech. Good one!

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