We all know it’s coming – glasses with heads-up displays will be a part of our imminent future. What we’re not sure of, however, is how it’s going to be implemented. If we’re waging bets on the outcome, I wouldn’t mind putting a few coins on the tech the Everysight Raptor is using.
While it’s not the first HUD solution aimed at cyclists, the way it displays information certainly seems a whole lot smarter. Instead of putting a tiny display in front of your eye, it turns the lens of the riding glasses into the display screen by beaming information onto it. The result is an augmented display that lets you keep your eyes on the road while getting access to vital riding information, with no peripheral distractions and opaque display elements that can obstruct your full view.
The Everysight Raptor is a pair of cycling smartglasses, so they’re close-fitting – just like any pair of sunglasses you can comfortably wear while riding. Electronics mounted along the top of the frame contain the Everysight Beam module, which projects information right at the upper-central part of the lenses, so you don’t have to look left or right to read them. In its current form, the HUD can show data like speed, time, live route guidance, grade of incline, wattage, waypoints, and distance – things that both road riders and mountain bike should find plenty of use for. Going forward, though, the company plans to host a program for developers to increase the tech’s capabilities, essentially turning it into a more versatile smartglass.
No pricing or exact release dates have been announced, but the Everysight Raptor is expected to launch in 2016.