tech2 News StaffDec 09, 2016 09:34:41 IST
A company that makes heads up displays for fighter jets has spent ten years developing glasses for cyclists. The Everysight Raptor uses a patented display technology known as Beam to unobtrusively show relevant data to cyclists. There are no opaque elements on the screen, so full peripheral vision is maintained even when the data is displayed. The overlays are similar to the heads up overlays used in fighter jets.
There is a mode that shows speed, distance covered, time spent cycling and heart rate. For steep trails, there is a mode that shows the gradient of a slope, the percent of the trail completed, altitude and heart rate. There is an option to display a map of the trail. There is an integrated camera that can capture photos or videos. The captured images can include the data if the rider chooses. There is also a community feature for Raptor users, where ride information can be shared and compared. Notifications and text messages can also be configured to pop up on the display.
The advantage of the glasses is that it improves safety as the user does not have to glance at a screen, the eyes remain on the road. The glasses are not yet a finished product, and is going into a testing phase where cyclists will provide feedback and suggestions to improve the product. Everysight has launched a Test Pilot program, where interested cyclists can sign up to try out the glasses for free. Everysight is looking for avid cyclists who already use technological products to support their training. The Test Pilot program is initially launching only in the continental US, but is expected to expand to other regions soon.
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