This Wearable AR Gear Could Change Cycling Forever
Cyclists of the world, new AR glasses are here to improve your rides. Possessing 2 GB RAM, a quad-core CPU, GPS, 16 to 32 GB of storage, an accelerometer, camera, gyroscope, magnetometer, barometer, Bluetooth, speaker, WiFi, and a mic, these aren't your regular UV-blocking sunglasses. Called the Everysight Raptor AR glasses, these shades project all of the information a cyclist could need to optimize their rides.
These glasses join the ranks of the other AR-equipped smart glasses released in the past few years. Consumers can now choose between numerous high-tech AR wearables on the market. However, what sets the Everysight Raptor AR glasses apart is that they're one of the first pieces of AR technology specifically developed for cyclists.
The Everysight Raptor AR glasses present various stats by projecting the information onto the inside of the right lens of the glasses. Its sizable display makes it easily viewable for riders, thus ensuring they don't have to strain their eyes while riding. According to Engadget's review of the glasses, the stats are displayed to look as though they're 20 feet in front of you.
If the display becomes a distraction, it can be turned off by clicking a button on the left side of the glasses. The remainder of the glasses' controls can be found on its right-hand side. Here, you can adjust various settings such as brightness and camera controls. If you'd prefer, you can control this information on your smartphone with the glasses' accompanying iOS or Android apps instead.
Everysight's AR glasses should hit stores sometime later this year, but there are already several reviews of the glasses out there. Avid cyclists can start scoping out the technology now to see if they want to invest in a pair for themselves.
It's still unknown how these glasses will catch on in the cycling world, but it's evident that augmented reality is slowly becoming more prevalent in sports. In 2009, Topps 3D Live developed AR baseball cards in which a 3D version of a player is displayed alongside their stats. Several years later, AR made its way into football when Fox Sports started displaying AR graphics like 3D scoreboards and quarterback comparisons during games in 2016. Projects like these hint at the exciting future for AR in sports, and it will certainly be interesting to see how this technology evolves.
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