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Keep one eye on your speed with Ulysse Speedometer and its HUD mode

Ulysse Speedometer for BlackBerry 10
By Richard Devine on 24 Feb 2013 10:58 am EST
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Usually you'll find me over in the more Google-centric part of Mobile Nations. But, since heading to BlackBerry Jam Europe a couple of weeks ago, and being a long time BlackBerry user, I've spent a bit of time playing around on BlackBerry 10 of late. Imagine then my delight when I first fire up BlackBerry World on my new Z10 and find a favourite app of mine has made the jump across from Android to BlackBerry.

I've featured Ulysse Speedometer on Android Central before in the weekly editor's app picks, and now, it's there to enjoy on BlackBerry 10. I'd love to be able to show off a video demo, but driving and holding a video camera is pretty illegal in the UK! 

So, what's it all about? The clue really is in the name this time round, as we're looking at a pretty full featured and visually appealing speedometer app for BlackBerry 10. It is an Android port, but for the most part everything available in the Android release is here on BlackBerry 10. We're looking at a pretty accurate, visually appealing and informative speedometer application. 

The main display is dominated by a large dial which displays the main information -- your current speed. You get both a dial and a numerical readout, and during the course of a trip it also shows the maximum speed you've reached. The important thing to remember is that increasing this number isn't an achievement!

 

Also on the main display are three smaller dials, two of which have different options on data to display. One shows up a compass or your average speed throughout the trip. The other displays elevation, a moving average speed -- so ignoring all the time you spend sat still in London -- and race splits for 0-60, 0-100 and 1/4 mile.

 

To the left of these are two boxes, one for total trip and one scrollable which cycles through today, yesterday, last week, last month and total. It doesn't stop there either. While some items aren't accessible on account of this being an Android port, you can still set alarms, and of course change units between mph, kph and even knots. Plenty for everyone.

 

Doesn't look like much, but set up just right in the car this is a pretty sweet HUD! 

Perhaps the coolest thing Ulysse Speedometer has though is its HUD mode. This strips out most of the on screen information, hits a black background with bright white numbers by default -- although this is customisable -- and displays everything mirrored so as to reflect up at your windscreen and look like a HUD. The biggest problem with this is finding something to hold your phone in the right position on the dashboard. It's a bit of a novelty, but pretty sweet at the same time.

Possible use cases will vary of course. For me, I drive a Mini and find looking across at this is so much more comfortable than looking across at the huge speedo in the centre of the car. I'm also going racing later this year, and have big plans on putting this app to use during test sessions. Always remember that there is some margain for inaccuracy, but that said, it's never far out from the reading on the car speedometer. And you know what? It's a free download too. Give it a shot and be sure to tell us what you think.

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Keep one eye on your speed with Ulysse Speedometer and its HUD mode

32 Comments

"...it also shows the maximum speed you've reached. The important thing to remember is that increasing this number isn't an achievement!" --I tend to have a problem with thinking this is an achievement (along with seeing how much you can reduce your original estimated time of arrival).

App looks good.

I'm sorry to be the one to point this out to you, but you just pulled a Dan Quayle.

_buzzer!_

Wrong. Think again!

Most of these options come in my Garmin. Plus all the other stuff shows in my car.
Looks pretty neat though, might give er a try.

This app would be great if it had possibility to display the max allowed speed and the distance to speed camera. And ring when we get closer.

Try using the speedometer that's already installed in your car to keep to the right speed! No need for any fancy, over the top tracking! Lol! ; )

Most speedos in cars are not accurate. There's an allowed tolerance, plus as tyres wear down, the reduced rolling circumference affects speed and distance travelled.

Apps like this are good if only to see the difference in speed between car and the GPS system.

Android Port that wants access to all your files including the cloud. No thanks, I'll stick to using the in car instruments.

Android Port that wants access to all your files including the cloud. No thanks, I'll stick to using the in car instruments.

Some of us have winter tires, etc. with different diameters than stock. I use my Garmin to get an accurate speed, rather than my inaccurate speedometer. An app like this is great for those who might not have a GPS. Over the top? Hardly...

HUD???

"A typical HUD contains three primary components: a projector unit, a combiner, and a video generation computer.[1]

The projection unit in a typical HUD is an optical collimator setup: a convex lens or concave mirror with a Cathode Ray Tube, light emitting diode, or liquid crystal display at its focus. This setup (a design that has been around since the invention of the reflector sight in 1900) produces an image where the light is parallel i.e. perceived to be at infinity.

The combiner is typically an angled flat piece of glass (a beam splitter) located directly in front of the viewer, that redirects the projected image from projector in such a way as to see the field of view and the projected infinity image at the same time. Combiners may have special coatings that reflect the monochromatic light projected onto it from the projector unit while allowing all other wavelengths of light to pass through. In some optical layouts combiners may also have a curved surface to refocus the image from the projector.

The computer provides the interface between the HUD (i.e. the projection unit) and the systems/data to be displayed and generates the imagery and symbology to be displayed by the projection unit ."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head-up_display

Cool story bro. It must take a lot of work to sound smart by copying and pasting a wikepedia article. We all know it is not a fancy fighterjet HUD but you know what it is better than trying to see your speedometer in your car. So leave the post alone. It is a full time job replying to dumb negative posts like yours all day.

Downloaded, read the terms,deleted. Sorry but i have my blackberry for security. This is the third time i have deleted an app due to permissions.

Yes I have tried that and it only re-asks the same question upon opening and will not load up I would assume unless the answer is yes - but no I will not grant a third party application co. or dev access to my personal files.

Try it, i downloaded, went to security setting to see permissions, it didnt show up in the app list, so i accepted permisions, went back and it showed the permissions under security settings,but for this app you cannot toggle them off. Let me know if your phone allows it,mine does not, same wirh songza which i just deleted as well

This app wont load up unless it is granted access to all my personal files - how bout a BIG FAT FU***N NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Definitely have to change this settings issue ... can't grant a GPS app to access all my private data, furthermore when I cannot understand why. Too bad, it looks really cool.

Cut the developer some slack. This is THE EXACT SAME THING on ANDROID and YOU DON'T get prompted that WHEN YOU INSTALL IT anyways. So GIVE IT A BREAK!!!!