Oakley’s Radar Pace Smart Sunglasses are undeniably very tempting. Unlike the Google Glass was much hyped but couldn’t bear a mark in people’s minds, Radar Pace smart glass may have potential. The device will be available for Sale from October 1 onwards in the U.S. and other countries.
Oakley brings a trendy futuristic look with a host of sensors that includes an accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, humidity and proximity sensors, under the hood, removable earphones, three microphones. The wearable will be powered by an Intel chip.
Oakley’s Radar Pace Smart Sunglass costs $449. Although Oakley is targeting casual athletes, we feel the glasses will be batter for hard-core athletes. The device can track heart rate, distance, cadence, speed, and other vital workout information. The data can be saved in a smartphone that is synced with the device via Bluetooth. There’s an app called the Radar Pace App that keeps track of your workout, answers related questions and provide voice recommendation. Speaking on how the glasses work, users hear the information through earphones in the sunglasses. A cool feature is the ability to ask questions through a microphone, with users getting answers back. The questions are passed on to the smartphone app, which formulates and send back an answer to Radar Pace, PCWorld explains.
Speaking of the earphone it has a collection of sensors like accelerometer, gyroscope and barometer, and sensors for humidity and proximity. The earphones are removable. The microphones are backed by Intel’s Real Audio technology. It can understand English, Italian, German, Spanish and French.
The system can be activated via your voice and you can convey your daily workout plans, even get real-time answers on questions regarding speed, metric, heart rate among other things.
The smart glass is a joint effort of Oakley and Intel, both are owned by Luxottica. It took them two years to develop the core technology and architecture.
Although the world is yet to go gaga over smart eyeglasses, but there are several such wearables hitting the market each year. Some of the notable ones are Solos which is pretty much like Google Glass for athletes. The device was used by U.S. cyclists in the recent Rio Olympics. It comes with a tiny display that shows pace, heart rate, cadence and distance. It’s worth noting that unlike Solos or even Google Glass, Radar Pace Smart Sunglasses don’t have a screen. The voice activation system will be better than distracting users, like cyclists or runners, with information from the screen.
The sunglasses weigh 56 gm and it’s backed by a battery that promises to 4-6 hours on a single battery charge.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year, three-time Ironman winner Craig Alexander. “Technology has dramatically changed how athletes train,” he said. “We can get data on just about anything. The challenge with data is that it requires interpretation to mean anything. As an athlete, I need to know what the data means, and how to respond to it in the moment. This is why most athletes have a coach.” Alexander and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said that the Radar Pace Smart Sunglass is like having a coach “right there with you.”