Google Glasses Don’t Suit Your Active Lifestyle? No Worries!
So by now, everyone is well aware of Google Glass, what they look like, and to some extent, what they’re capable of. Essentially, Google Glass appears to be a wearable technology evolution of the “Google experience”, incorporating Google Search, Maps, Apps and naturally, Android cross functionality. Google Glass is the next natural step in the evolutionary process from desktop to smartphone to smartwatches and finally smart glasses. However, for those who feel Google Glasses look just a little too “dainty” for their extreme lifestyles, fret not, as there is a more extreme set of smart glasses just around the corner that XXX Vin Diesel would be approve of.
Recon Jet Vs. Google Glass: What Are The Differences?
Well, as mentioned above, Google seems to be trying to create a beautifully capable blank canvas for which developers, entrepreneurs and artists will impress upon their visions. Two very popular uses for the glasses have made light in recent months, one more constructive and the other a little more creepy. It turns out having a head mounted camera, attached discretely to a pair of glasses has been a godsend for surgeons who want to document their procedures. Conversely, also because of their discreteness, privacy issues have arisen because of Google Glass users ability to take pictures or video of the public without their knowledge and thus consent. We’ll see what niches Google Glass eventually fall into if any, besides creeping and surgery that is..
Meanwhile, Recon Instruments has taken a more direct and guided approach in defining the market for their Heads-up Displays (HUD). A relatively young (founded in 2008) Canadian firm, Recon Instruments broke onto the smart glasses scene in 2010 with the release of snow goggles, produced in conjunction with Zeal Optics, that provided HUD capabilities in ski/snowboarding goggles. Branded “Transcend”, the goggles were a hit with consumers and quickly sold out. This launched Recon Instruments into the tech word spotlight. Jet glasses are Recon’s first 100% self-created, self-branded HUD product. Previously all of their HUD’s were developed and marked in cooperation with existing optical companies such as Oakley and Smith Optics.
As apparent with the Transcend snow goggles, Recon Instruments is really focusing on outdoor sports and active lifestyle applications for it’s all-weather smart glasses. This seems logical, where Google Glass fills the more “indoor inclined” niche of techies wonderment and daily application such as receiving email and text message notifications, Recon Instruments is targeting the active techie, the guy who wants to show all of his friends a video of him bombing San Fran’s biggest hill on his longboard. Being able to replay action sports for friends seems a big focus of the Recon Jet glasses, and we here at SmartglassesHQ can really see a bright future for this market given the runaway popularity of sport documentation wear such as the Go-Pro head mounted camera series.
Recon Jet Reviewed: Features & Specs
The Recon Jet has a dual core CPU, GPS, WiFi, ANT+, and the latest Bluetooth capabilities. Since they are designed for the active lifestyle they also contain accelerometers, a gyroscope, a magnetometer, altimeter, barometer and thermometer as well as a HD camera for taking pictures or recording 720p video. These glasses are truly designed to take on whatever the adventurist enthusiast throws at it, from marathon bike rides, deep powder skiing to dirt biking and long boarding, you’ll have all the stats you could want conveniently displayed in your line of vision, in your lower right hand side, requiring minimal effort to instantly know your speed, location, time, pace or calories burned. These glasses may even be a more capable alternative to the track inspired Nissan E3’s.
Use time for the Jet glasses is claimed to be about 9 hours, thanks in part to a power saving infrared sensor that turns the display on or off depending on usage. The power comes from the battery pod, which is separate from the glasses themselves and the camera. The pod weighs approximately 14g and mounts towards the ear to centralize the weight. The pods are designed to be separate units from the glasses so that they can be replaced or swapped out. This means you can carry a few extra battery pods so you’ll never be without power to record your endurance activities. Loaded with the camera and computer unite the glasses weigh a total of the computer, battery and glasses at about 60g.
The software used is a version of Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1, but specially tweaked with the Recon operating system, however Recon offers developer access to that apps for all sorts of applications will undoubtably be available after the glasses become more widely adopted and demand for niche applications rises.
Recon is currently offering the Jet glasses for sale via a pilot/test program similar to how Google released their project Glass. For only $499 USD you can be one of the pioneers of the Recon Jet. If you sign up and fork out the $499 early you will be saving off the estimated final sticker price of $599 USD when they hit retailers.
Glasses have been seen in both white and black iterations, and will be available with multiple shade tints such as Yellow, Smoke, Mirrored or Clear.
So wether you are planning your next Apline secret agent mission or just want to watch your calories burn away as you rack up spandex-clad miles on your bicycle, Recon’s Jet eyewear might just be for you. For the whole scoop, more videos and specifications head on over to Recon Instruments Jet homepage where you also have the ability to get a pair for yourself. The “swiss army knife” of smart glasses, these will be sure to delight any sports enthusiast or secret agent alike.