Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Columbia, Maryland
Bikes: Mountain bike & Hybrid tour bike
Looks like an interesting product. Not sure how useful it will be and I see some possible short comings. First, the web page intro is lacking in a lot of information so I'm going to have to assume a lot of things. Technically I suppose the HH is working via a bluetooth link-up with your phone ( or not? ). On the plus side they mention that the device is capable of storing the entire map info so a cell tower hook up is not necessary while riding, I like that. They do say however that the device is working with your cell phone ( smart phone ) GPS so I suppose there must be some link.
I'm also wondering how it displays the distance information ( dist. to turn...dist. to destination..etc ) ?? Is there a digital readout?
The big selling point of the designers seems to be simplicity and less distraction. I'm not sure I buy into this. THERE IS NO MENTION OF AUDIBLE PROMPTS. Without audible prompts you have to rely on the flashing leds to know when to turn. This means you have to keep an eye on the unit so you don't miss a turn. Just because it's mounted under your nose doesn't mean you have your eyes glued to it. This can be problematic. Without audible prompts I'm not sure it would be worth the money. Now if it gives a tone prompt or voice prompt I might want one.
The big issue issue is you have no map on demand ( unless you pull out the smart phone ). This comes into play at special intersections where there are *(SEE BELOW) more than one directional choice
when making a turn OR a series of quick turns. Heck for that matter you won't know if you made a wrong turn because you have no map or prompt telling you the road you should be on. It is mentioned that the device will give you an led indication when you need to do a U-turn. Perhaps that kicks in if you make a wrong turn, still not the ideal situation.
Summing up; Nothing beats a map when you have questions. Nice to have that map under your face when needed. Would be a pain to have to stop to take the smart phone out but hey, whatever makes your day. I like the concept and the design. It certainly looks better than a smart phone on the stem or bars. Still, give me a nice loud ( adjustable volume ) tone prompt when I'm 100 ft. from my turn and I might be be willing to buy one of these. Otherwise I'm going to continue to use my smart phone on the stem using the Cue Sheet app ( with my audible voice prompts ) ...even if they are sometimes hard to hear.
( * an intersection where there are say two left turns ...which one is yours? Then there's the situation were the road your on changes direction ( makes a turn ) but technically you are still on the same road.
....Heck, even Cue Sheet messes this up but with Cue Sheet if you check the map you will see that you are no longer on the planned route. I've had this happen a couple times now. It will definitely leave you scratching your head and wondering, "How the hell did that happen"? With Cue Sheet if you don't turn onto a NEW ROAD you don't get a prompt. I should probably write them and tell them that because THAT NEEDS TO BE FIXED!..