Oakley's Radar Pace shakes up sports smartglasses

This has been a hella long time in development
Oakley Radar Pace shakes up smartglasses

Oakley's Radar Pace smart sports sunglasses, built in collaboration with Intel, are hitting stores in a matter of days.

The voice activated sports specs were teased on stage at CES 2016 after years of development - Intel signed a deal with Oakley's parent company Luxottica way, way back in December 2014.

So what's so exciting? The Radar Pace sunglasses cost $449 and will go on sale in the US (and other unspecified countries) on 1 October. Built into the frames are a pair of removable earphones, three microphones and a host of sensors - an accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer and humidity and proximity sensors. We don't know what exact Intel chip is being used, we assume it's Curie.

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The wearable doesn't overlay an AR display on top of the wearer's vision, like Google Glass and the sporty Recon Jet. Instead all the controls and coaching are handled via Intel's Real Audio natural language processing tech.

You can interact with Siri or Google Voice if you like but if you start a command with 'OK Radar' you can access fitness information like what workout you're doing that day, coaching on lowering or increasing your pace and heart rate data (from a third party monitor). Then over in the companion Radar Pace app for iOS and Android you can enter your personal stats and manage workout goals as you go.

Oakley is referring to its real time coaching as helping athletes so it's not clear how amateur it expects its customer base to be. The initial word is that the smartglasses will be compatible with other fitness apps and devices.

As an obvious extra, you can also play music from your phone via Bluetooth and take phone calls and there's touch sensitive controls for this - the voice control is all hands free. A big selling point here is that they look just like regular Oakley sunglasses - from the front at least - and you can swap out the lenses for the ones you like, including from its Prism range.

We'll be putting the Oakley Radar Pace through its er.. paces so look out for a review. Let us know in the comments if you'd prefer in-ear coaching to a smartglass display on sports accessories.

Via: Mashable


  • yogibimbi says:

    "...so it's not clear how amateur it expects its customer base to be..." - Oh, rlly? At $449 a pop you will either have to be a professional athlete, a well-to-do sunglass aficionado, or simply have too much money lying, to buy a glorified pair of sunglasses for that price. Good that the earphones can be taken out, so they would not interfere with my Bragis but then, the Bragis have all the sensors the Radar has (except for the humidity thingy, if I remember correctly) plus at least a pulsometer, so I wouldn't need them, unless redundancy were my thing.

    I think, glasses should primarily do what only glasses can do: show information, protect my eyes, and maybe record what I am looking at. The array of sensors is a nice-to-have, and Oakley's sunglass quality is top-shelf. But that's hardly a unique selling point, and their design only ever works in photos of other people, but never for me (maybe I need a new face). Also, considering bang for the buck, I am quite happy with my Julbo Venturi, thank you.

  • joshdoughamwill says:

    WOW!! $449 for earbuds hooked to glasses that allow me to hear my phone??? And this took 3 years to develop???!???!?? So basically it's Strava, Nike App, or Wahoo or many other FREE apps, but I'm supposed to buy $449 earbuds hooked to glasses to use it. Ok. I hate to break up the celebration but ... "No heads up display on a glasses application for athletes??"  Did anybody on the product team run this by there high school kid (or grade schooler) before these 2 massive companies spent 3 years making this? 

    Tell me which amateur athlete has $449 for these glasses dependent ear buds, and which pro athletes require this low tech "enhancement" to there training?What a ridiculous waste of time and money.  The hardware has no value add, my phone has earbuds. Head up display would be cool, if it were simple ( im working out). I'm sure the software adds no value over the many great apps in the marketplace... Heart rate, distance, time, PR for this course, best course near me, etc... (All the info delivered through cheap earbuds from my phone, oh yeah, and the screen on my phone.) 

    Unbelievable that Oakley comes out with tech for glasses that doesn't have heads up display. Think about it, you really want to use something like Siri to communicate with your phone ... Err glasses .... while out of breath working out?? Stupidity on steroids.

    WAIT!!! Intel & Oakley just Announced they're working a small personal music player.... No audio, you read the lyrics and while watching the music video and use gesture to pause and play. Next update on this new tech in three years!! 

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