Interface design – HUD mockup with camera filters

Here are some mock ups of how the head up display will appear in the game. I’ve chosen a cyan blue for the HUD, as this is very common in military aircraft displays. Certain HUD elements switch to red if a threat is found. The first screen shows the regular camera, used when searching for bombs. The second image shows how the HUD responds if a threat is located. The third screen shows the interface when you are in thermal display mode. The cyan overlay would have been unclear in this mode due to the colourful camera filter, so the interface switches to white.

By Joey Meuross

Interface Design – Head up display layout

Here is a basic layout of the heads up display interface. On the iPad/iPhone screen, this will be overlaid over the camera’s footage. The layout of information is inspired by the heads up displays found in military helicopter and fighter jet aircraft. Most graphical elements dynamically update supplying the user with important information on the progress of their game. This includes a timed countdown in the centre of the screen, a ‘threats neautralized’ box in the top left, their score and their radiation meter on the right hand side. The two control joysticks also appear on the screen, along with the land and emergency stop buttons and two text areas for warnings and task prompts. Other information, such as the altitude meter which sways from side to side in the middle of the screen is for effect purposes only. I’ve included this to add to the authenticity of th experience, and give the impression that you are in control of a hi-tech, military machine on a critical mission.

By Joey Meuross

Visual inspiration for bomb disposal game – Dassault Mirage 2000

Focusing less on the layout of the HUD here, and more on the picture quality of the following images and video. The grainy, distorted image quality, for me, adds to the sense that a dangerous, critical operation is being carried out. This is amplified by the electronic beeps, blips and dings heard on the demonstration video which seem to warn the pilot of a dangerous manoeuvre.

By Joey Meuross