AR smartglasses have been on the fringe of finding their place in the wearables market. Right now it’s looking like cycling is the niche where they can actually be of practical use to the wearer.
Today at CES, Garmin unveiled Varia Vision, their new AR Heads-Up Display (HUD) designed for cyclists. The HUD is lightweight at just 28 grams and attaches to your regular sunglasses, and it’s ambidextrous so it can be attached to either the left or right side of your glasses.
The color display has a resolution of 428 x 240 pixels and an onboard ambient light sensor ensures legibility in different conditions, including direct sunlight.
Varia Vision is ANT+ compatible. It can display up to 4 data fields, such as speed, power and heart rate. It provides in-sight navigation data, including street names, distance to turn, directional arrows, and it will let you know when you’re exiting workout zones, approaching segments and when you’ve completed a lap.
On the side of the unit is a glove-friendly touchpad which enables you to swipe through data screens, and it works in the rain according to its makers.
Garmin Varia Vision uses Bluetooth to connect with iOS and Android smartphones. When you receive an incoming call or text message, the HUD will let you know with gentle vibration.
Garmin’s latest head-mounted wearable has a battery life of around 8 hours between charges, and a water-resistance rating of IPX7.
The release is due before the end of March 2016 with a retail price of $399.99 USD.
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