In 2010, skiers were the first to have access to all the information they could ever want—inside their goggles. Trail maps, speed, altitude, and more—Recon, in cooperation with Zeal Optics, made them available on a virtual screen in the corner of the skier’s field of vision. It was a great system for winter, but didn’t give mountain bikers, trail runners and other non-goggle sports participants a way to play.
Now, Recon is launching the Recon Jet, a heads up display that can be integrated into sports sunglasses not goggles. The new system, designed for cyclists and triathletes, lets the wearer connect to third party devices via ANT+ and Bluetooth to have visual access to heart rate, cadence and power output as well as speed, pace, distance, time, vertical ascent and more. And if while you’re monitoring your heart rate on a run you need to take a call or check your texts, Recon displays caller ID and messages, as well as facebook and twitter updates, and lets you access all hands-free. Coming soon: health and fitness apps that will also run inside your shades.
Recon Jet includes a 1 GHz dual core processor, dedicated graphics, Wi-Fi, ANT+, Bluetooth, GPS, HD camera, and numerous sensors, making it a standalone computing solution, comparable in capability to a tablet or smartphone. The components of the HUD are distributed evenly across the eyewear adding just 14 grams to each side of the sunglasses. The display is controlled by an optical touch-pad that supports multiple gesture controls and facilitates its use in all weather conditions, even with gloves on.