Serious athletes now have their own version of Google Glass
Building on its previous efforts in the HUD (Heads up Display) market, Recon Instruments announced today that its latest Recon Jet HUD will be available for $499. These Android-powered glasses are targeted directly at cyclists and triathletes, providing extremely useful information just a glance away. You can think of the Recon Jet as a distant cousin of Google Glass, targeted at a sports-minded wearer to show information such as heart rate, cadence and power output through a suite of on-board sensors. Athletes will be able to track their speed, pace, distance, time and ascent/descent throughout a race or training session.
Just as is the case with Google Glass, the Recon Jet pairs with a phone over Bluetooth for connectivity and can display caller ID and text messages as well as upload details of their current activities to social networks. The Jet has a 1GHz dual-core processor, dedicated graphics chip, Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS and a camera on the front along with the aforementioned sensors. Recon notes that the components of the glasses are evenly distributed to both sides, adding just 14 grams in weight to each side of the sunglasses.
While the Recon Jet is focused on a core set of features for serious athletes, the company is making an SDK available for developers to write apps for the platform. Recon says it is already in talks with major health and fitness companies to make new native apps for the device.
In its current form, the Recon Jet is offered in an early "Pilot Edition" for $499 from now until July 21st. This Pilot Edition is for willing early adopters to give a try several months before full production begins. After the July 21st cutoff the pre-sale price will jump to $599. Hang around after the break to see a few more pictures showing off the Recon Jet and HUD interface.