Researchers at University of Central Florida (UCF) recently released a study that reports that heads-up display (HUD) technology—such as that used in Google glass-like devices—may slow down the brain’s response times. Doctoral student Joanna Lewis recently published a three-year research project that found that the brain’s multi-tasking function used to process information displayed on a HUD screen impacts reaction time relative to a primary task. These results are particularly relevant in terms of recent advancements in automotive smart glasses, which are exploring the possibility of HUDs on windshields.
According to the article, Mark Neider, a UCF psychology associate professor and Lewis’s faculty adviser, said, “The idea here is to explore to what extent displayed secondary information might interfere with the primary task at hand, such as driving. What our data suggests is secondary information presented on a heads-up display is likely to interfere, and if that happens while driving, it may be distracting and dangerous.”
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