Garmin offers Heads Up Display for Navigon-equipped iPhone

Having turn-by-turn directions on your iPhone is great, but it's still distracting to look down at your phone to see the route that's mapped out for you. Garmin's taking a page from fighter jets and high-end luxury cars by introducing a $129.99 portable Heads Up Display (HUD) that works with Bluetooth-equipped smartphones, including the iPhone equipped with Garmin's Navigon software, available through the App Store.

Garmin's HUD rests on the dashboard and projects onto the windshield turn indications, distance to the next turn, current speed, speed limit and estimated time of arrival. It will automatically vary the brightness level depending on ambient light. And because it works in conjunction with the Navigon software on the iPhone, you'll also hear spoken directions, either through the iPhone or through the car's stereo if it supports Bluetooth.

A transparent film that attaches to the inside of the windshield to better reflect the HUD display is included, along with a reflector lens you can attach directly to the HUD. The HUD incldues a power cable with a USB port so you can charge your iPhone and use the HUD simultaneously.

Peter Cohen