Augmented reality company Everysight announced its AR specs last year but more details are finally emerging. These aren't the millennial aimed Snapchat Spectacles that has everyone excited about smartglasses again, but could be part of the next wave of cool AR devices.
Called Raptor AR smartglasses, the device is geared towards cyclists and triathletes to help with training, improving race day performance and safely enhancing fitness and health.
Everysight's patented BEAM tech gives the Raptor smartglasses a transparent see-through display that overlays high-resolution information into the user's line of sight. The information appears as a projection out in front of the user. The on-lens projection displays real-time information such as turn-by-turn navigation, time, distance, speed, heart rate, cadence and power, while reducing eyestrain and keeping a rider's vision clear.
Riders can choose to use a controller located on their handlebars, voice command or a simple swipe and touchpad located on the temples of the Raptor to control functions including maps, volume, brightness, communication and more. A look-and-shoot camera captures high definition video that can be uploaded and analyzed post-ride. Videos can also be shared with friends and followers through any social media channel.
The Raptor pairs with external sensors to capture your metrics like heart rate, cadence, speed, power and more. The information is then uploaded to Raptor's companion Android and iOS compatible app, which can also be shared through social media. Metrics can sync with certain third-party fitness and cycling apps though Raptor hasn't specified which ones just yet.
Asaf Ashkenazi, CEO of Everysight says that current smartglasses "obstruct the rider's vision" and that Raptor is able to give users "a true augmented reality experience by floating information crisply and directly before the eye without blocking an athlete's vision." Without any obstructions, Ashkenazi adds it will be safer to read stats on the bike which is useful for cyclists who want to analyze performance on-the-go.
A test pilot program is launching as the devices near final development stages. Those interested in trying out the glasses can sign up for pre-release versions of the Raptor through an application process.
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