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@ Creator - Thanks for the info. I downloaded the app to my phone to try it. It has some limitations. If I type in my home street address, I get an error message saying it does not exist or they don't have it. The street address has existed for 24+ years. I was able to set my home's GPS location as my Home favorite, but it took some work to figure out how to do that.
I need to experiment with it more. I tried it one time but had no voice instructions. I later discovered that by default, the sound is turned off.
In your list of options, what is "classic speedo" and "sport speedo"?
Navmii World for Android was recently updated a few days ago - April 25, 2017 to be exact. However, the free transition of premium add-ons were not implemented just yet. We're still waiting on a reply from the Navmii team on when they plan to make the premium add-ons free for Android just like how they did on iOS. Once they respond, we'll let you know what they said.
Here's a list of free add-ons included for iOS that should be included for Android soon:
- World Maps
- Point of Interest
- Classic Speedo
- Head-up Display
- Pioneer AppRadio Support
- Sport Speedo (Blue)
- Sport Speedo (Red)
- Advanced Voice Guidance
@ Creator - What's the latest on the Navmii premium features for the Android version? What are those features?
@Creator, Thanks for the info. I'm pretty sure I'll get a lot of use out of Hudify when I get it. May experiment with fixing options too.
We definitely understand where you are coming from. However, we designed Hudify around the magnetic system other car phone holders are using because we found it the easiest to use on a daily basis. The initial set-up might add an extra step or two but once you're over that, you easily just snap your smartphone on the mount - you can do this with one hand too.
We did try out the clamp mechanism you mentioned earlier in the development process but it quite awkward to use given that the mount for a head-up display smartphone mount is facing upwards instead of a normal car mount which faces the driver. In that case, we always had to take out the cradle from the magnetic dashboard mount, clamp the phone, and mount it back again.
Unfortunately, your tablet simply won't fit - the reflector will be too small for smartphones/tablets with 5.5" screens or bigger - you could get away with a 5.7" like the Note 3/4 but that's already pushing it. All the head-up display apps we know about doesn't allow for adjusting screen size through software as well.
@Creator, most car phone holders use the plastic and foam vice grip. Even a cantilevered clip could work. Not sure why the magnet option was considered best.
Moot point at this late stage.
Thanks for reaching out!
Our assumption is that while your phone is mounted on the Hudify's magnetic cradle, it won't be charging wirelessly since it doesn't have that capability. Were you planning on using your wireless charger and Hudify at the same time? If so, how are you planning on doing that?
I don't actually have a smart phone.
I do have the Verizon Ellipsis tablet, which does have 4G LTE service & so I use that with Google Maps instead of the Cell Phone.
This means that I have a much larger 5" x 8" device
I figured I'd mention this to see if the software or reflector could take the device or if the app could be adjusted to use only the available part of your screen
Will the magnet interfere with the wireless charging for the Samsung phones?
That's definitely a mistake on our part. As we mentioned in our updates, we are still on track with our manufacturing timeline here on Kickstarter. In terms of shipping, we are still estimating to start around June or July.
The factory just finished the tooling this week. We will be sending out an update regarding this milestone in the next few days.
What's our shipping date? I just saw an ad on indiegogo promising shipping in 10-15 days...
Just sent you your personal BackerKit link through a private message. We also re-invited you to visit the link through your email. Hope this helps!
To anyone who wishes to update their shipping address, @Bruce is definitely right. Just visit http://hudify.backerkit.com/ and enter your email address so you can retrieve your personal BackerKit link. From there, you'll be able to update your information.
Thanks for helping out as well. We appreciate it!
Thank you for continually helping us with answering questions here on the comments section. Our team really appreciates it!
If you want to try the Navmii app for Android now, you definitely can. It's just the premium add-ons that are not available just yet - this includes head-up display add-on that. Other than that, the app is completely functional and ready to be used.
Installing other HUD apps from the app store before getting your Hudify unit might be a good idea as well so you can figure which app works best for you.
Happy to answer your question!
The reason why Google/Apple Maps aren't supported is because it does not have a head-up display mode which reverses the image projected on your phone's screen. Since Hudify reflects your phone's screen, the navigation app being used has to deal with the mirror image effect.
Quick definition of the mirror image effect from Wikipedia: A mirror image (in a plane mirror) is a reflected duplication of an object that appears almost identical, but is reversed in the direction perpendicular to the mirror surface.
To simply put it, try to reflect your phone in front of a mirror. You'll notice that the text reflected on the mirror is reversed. Hope this helps shed some light on the matter!
We recommend that you try Navmii out yourself. Just search Navmii either on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Let us know what you think!
@ Benson - I stand corrected. The Hudify website (gethudify.com) does not have a support link. If you have no luck at backerkit.com, come back here. Hudify checks in from time to time.
@ Benson Cameron - You should be able to since shipping appears to be some time off. Just go to http://hudify.backerkit.com and you can retrieve your survey from there.
If for some reason, you cannot update your address, you will need to go to Hudify's website and contact their support staff.
Can I change my address
@ MaxStarter - Thanks. I will look at it. Currently, I use CoPilot for extended travel because by default, it uses downloaded maps. It's been around for years. But it doesn't support HUD right now.
Google Maps supports downloaded maps, but you have to know the area you are going to be in and then download the map area(s) you need. It would work better in a local area such as a city. I think we will have to do some experimenting with apps - when we get the Hudify.
@Bruce, For Google Maps use the Navier HUD app
@ MaxStarter, @ Chairman Wang - Actually, Hudify's comments on Feb. 21 don't discuss Google Maps or Apple Maps. The comments address the availability of Navmii's premium features in the iOS and Android versions. It's possible Hudify answered the question at some point in Comments, but not since Jan. 31.
I suspect the reason Google and Apple apps aren't mentioned is that they do not yet support Heads Up Displays (HUD). That's the key here. The offline availability is needed, but that is not the question here. There was a post some time back that did discuss other apps that support HUD.
As to the quality of Navmii, I cannot say. I have not installed it yet because I have an Android phone. I am waiting on the upgrade.
But I think this is a good place and time to talk about Navmii. Without a good app, Hudify is just a nice piece of glass and metal.
@Chairman Wang, you are correct, it was answered in the comments on the 21st of February
So maybe this has been answered before, but why isn't Google/Apple maps supported? Reviews for the navmii app aren't too promising... The one guy at work who tried it uninstalled it as soon as google maps offline went live too.
@Creator, glad you liked the links. Re the NanoGrip, I've bought some and will trial them out.
Thank you for these recommendations!
Regarding NanoGrip - This was our first options. The material used is similar to silicone/friction dasboard mats for cars. The biggest flaw of this type of material is that it loses its "stickiness" when it becomes really hot (melts) and the temperature goes below freezing (hardens). In short, it's not effective in extreme conditions and it only sticks to smooth surfaces.
Regarding the bike mount shown in the video you shared - this is quite interesting. It's smart actually. We'll look into this more.
Thank you for helping the community out! We appreciate it.
Just sent you a message! I've included your specific BackerKit link. You should be able to update your address from there.
@Bruce is also correct. At any time, you can visit http://hudify.backerkit.com to retrieve your BackerKit survey link. Once you have your link, you can update your address from there.
@ Vikram Geevanathan - See Update #12, March 3, where it talks about going to your survey. Try this link to access it. You will need your KS account email.
I want to update my address how can I do that
Interesting smartphone mount used on a bike. No magnets required:
@ Karel, @ Andy, @ Andrew - Since I was the one who asked the question about attachment, back on March 4, let me comment again. When I saw the videos, it was obvious that that was no clamp or other device to mechanically attach the phone to the Hudify cradle. That's why I asked the question. The phone was not going to sit there all by itself. I agree that it would have been good for Hudify to have made that more clear from the beginning.
Yes, there are other ways to connect a phone to a cradle. Hudify took what I call a simple approach that allows for quick attachment and detachment. We should note that Hudify is not the only device that uses magnets and steel plates to attach phones.
If you get a new phone (and a case) every year, this might not work for you - unless Hudify will sell extra plates an an inexpensive price. My approach might not work for you, but when I upgraded to my current phone a couple of years ago, I kept the old phone. It is now my GPS device. I used it extensively last year on a 5,500 mile trip across the U.S.
If you don't want to attach the steel plate, at least initially, try some strong double-sided tape until you have had time to test the device and see if it is going to work for you. That is the bigger issue for me.
Alternatively use this
Concerning magnetic plates: I have one of those unusual cameras (the Sony Cyber-shot QX-10) which resembles an interchangeable lens. You use your smartphone's screen as the viewfinder. I don't need to attach the QX-10 to the phone, but if I do I can either use the Sony clamp which comes with the camera or a modification I saw on Youtube - a strong magnet which attaches to the back of the QX10 and a thin metal plate either attached to the back of the phone or on the inside of the case. It works wonderfully well. Here's my point regarding the Hudify: Honestly, the metal plate is hardly noticeable. it's very thin and the bond is secure. It's a simple and elegant solution to attaching a phone, and the wafer-thin plate in no way affects the phone's performance.
@Andrew and @Andy
We are very sorry for the misunderstanding regarding the magnetic plate to your phone. We absolutely never meant to mislead you in any way possible. Your satisfaction is our TOP priority. We have already messaged you both. Thank you for being understanding.
Well that's crap, and has just rendered this device useless to me. I've been back through the initial campaign, and while it mentions magnets are used to hold the phone in the device no where does it specify the need to stick anything to the phone permanently.
Permanently sticking things to my phone is not an option. I feel very mislead.
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... of the different environment in which Hudify will be used in. Teleprompters are usually stationary and simply clamping the phone between two objects would do the trick.
With Hudify, the mounting system has to deal with sharp turns, bumps, or any sudden movements. We decided to go with the magnetic system + non-slip coating because it has a pull force of about 1.7kg which is 9 -10x the weight of an iPhone 6 plus.
Not to mention that it is generally easier to mount the phone this way especially for people who use navigation often. Once you have the metal plate attached, you can easily mount the phone with one hand vs. two hands with a clamping system.
If you do have a phone case, you don't have to attach the metal plate via adhesive. You can just sandwhich the metal plate in between your case and phone. This will be a popular way to attach the metal plate since 3 in 4 smartphone users use cases according to a study by NPD in 2013.
I am with Karel absolutely a terrible idea! I will not even use this product it this is the case! I get a new phone every year what a pain in the arse and also I don't pay premium for phones to stick a crappy bit of metal on it! Get back to the drawing board!
Our apologies for that. We should have been more clear with the magnetic system from the get go. To put things in perspective, the metal plate is very thin - 1/3 the thickness of a quarter (0.5mm). It does not make your phone bulky at all.
The reason why we didn't go with the mechanism that the Parrot teleprompter used is because
Well, I am afraid I have to say I am quite disappointed ... if not horrified ... by the idea that I shall have to "improve" my phone by glueing a metal plate to its back. I am quite confident such information was not mentioned, and not even implied, in the original Kickstarter campaign. I wonder why I should buy a thin phone (spending extra money) and then make it thicker just because once in a month I go to some place(s) where I need navigation (and going to places where I do not need it most of the time). Could not you think about fixing the phone as, e.g., it is the case with Parrot teleprompter (https://parrotteleprompter.com/content/user-manual, time 0:50) ? It is SO MUCH easier, and needs no adjustments on the phone at all !
Does anyone know why Naomi on iPhone keep saying that it detected that I am roaming when clearly I am not? I have confirmed in my phone data setting that Roaming for both calls and data is turned off, yet, everytime I launch Navmii, I get that distracting alert Navmii msg on the screen. I apologize if this is the wrong place to post this, but I thought other Hudify expectant owners may also be having the same experience.
@ Creator - Thanks for the clarification. The thin steel plate makes perfect sense.
I just wish I had had this last year when we made a 5,500 mile trip through the southwest U.S.
Thanks for filling out the survey! Just checked your answers. They are perfectly answered.
We just want to say that we're absolutely thankful to everyone who gave us feedback on the packaging design! Your input helped us tremendously!
@Andrew and Bruce
Thank you for dropping by! We're happy to assist you with the magnetic system. We've rendered a couple of photos for you.
Let's start with this:
The rectangular object in between the iPhone and Hudify unit is a paper thin(0.45mm~) metal plate that you attach to your phone via the adhesive or by sandwiching the plate in between your phone and case.
It's not magnetic but given that the material used is steel, it allows your phone to attach to any magnetic surface. You can already see this in current regular magnetic phone holders for cars. We were actually inspired by those products because we were impressed with how it performed compared to clamp or friction pad based phone mounts.
How do you attach it to your phone? You have 3 options:
1. Attach the metal plate directly to the back of your phone via adhesive - This is your only option if you use your phone without a case. You simply peel the adhesive cover that's attached to the metal plate and stick it to your phone.
2. Place the metal plate in between your phone and case - This is useful when you use a phone case as you don't have to stick the metal plate anywhere. Do keep in mind that your phone case has to be thin enough so it doesn't interfere with the magnetic system that much. The thicker the phone case the less secure your phone will be.
3. Attach the metal plate directly to the back of your phone case - If your case is too thick (OtterBox, Survivor, etc.) or you simply want the most secure option when using a phone case, you would have to go with this solution.
Hope this helps! Please let us know if you any additional questions.
@ Andrew - It appears that you and I have similar questions about mounting the phone to the cradle. Watching the main campaign video led me to believe there is a magnet attached to the phone by the way the person puts the phone on the cradle. There are supposed to be videos on the bottom of the campaign page about this issue, but they do not display in my Chrome browser. I went to the Hudify website and saw a short video. Again the magnet is implied, but nothing is ever said about attaching a magnet to the phone or phone case.
There is a magnet on the bottom part that attaches to the dash. Then there is a magnet on the HUD screen/phone base that attaches to the bottom part. But a third magnet is not mentioned.
The new design #12 looks really nice, and is easier to understand.
I would like to know how we can mount phones that don't have removable backs? My BlackBerry Priv doesn't have a removable back, so I can't put a magnet in there.
Question about attaching the phone. Do we attach a magnet to the back of the phone so that it attaches to a magnet and stays on the cradle? This part was not clear in the video.
Version #2 Design #2 is a good look for the packaging.