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Sports glasses with Augmented Reality is a technological advancement that seeks to raise our threshold of perception and help control our environment. They were initially developed for cyclists, athletes and professional swimmers, but have since been adapted for other types of sports, through the incorporation of microprocessors and sensors in our clothing and everyday objects. Discover how these gadgets work and the new opportunities they offer all types of athletes.
Wearable technologies (or tech that can be worn on the body) has been incorporated into clothing, footwear and accessories, and consist of powerful microprocessors and sensors that interact with users. These new sports glasses with Augmented Reality (AR) combine digital images superimposed on a real image of a route, road or landscape that one is traveling on to help guide them during their trip.
Through this technology, perception capacity is increased and offers users the ability to monitor and control their sports performance in real time. Data can range from speed, averages, altitude, positioning (GPS) and distance traveled, as well as heart rate and calorie consumption, which are displayed through the internal screen of the lens without hindering users’ vision.
For anyone looking at someone wearing these glasses they only see their slim and elegant design. For those wearing them, they can visualize data that not only helps improve their sports performance but helps them understand and reach their goals as they are exercising.
When connected to smartphones and other devices, Augmented Reality glasses comfortably and discreetly expand users’ perception and interaction with their environment. There is a varied series of complementary applications that allow you to store data, set goals or add training programs. Some models even incorporate voice commands and the ability to view text or images, receive and answer calls, take photos and videos, or simply listen to music.
Taking Control Of Augmented Reality
Recently, an exclusive model for highly competitive swimmers was put on the market. FormSwim glasses includes a small processor that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to monitor sports performance in real time under water, showing total and partial times, distance traveled, number of strokes, body rhythm, your heart rate and the number of calories burned.
Several models have also been created for cycling and triathlon participants. EverySight, a firm with more than 25 years developing Augmented Reality products for combat pilots, has presented its Raptor Smart Glasses that, according to the brand, seeks to revolutionize the way we experience the world. Kopin Corporation, a leading manufacturer of micro displays, presented the innovative SOLOS Smart Cycling Glasses, which incorporates access to maps, road conditions and weather reports in standard metrics.
Other developers have announced that they will present their own smart glasses models in the near future. With these wonderful AR technologies, it is no longer necessary to take your eyes off the road to know how you are performing or to locate yourselves geographically. Now you can have all the necessary information you need at all times. ■