Tech & Wearables

Would You Swap Your Watch For Smart Glasses?

The Recon Jet wants to change how we view running— through lenses that display our progress.

Recon Jet - Iona 1

Recon Instruments has introduced smart glasses for athletic performance— essentially a wearable computer for activities such as running and cycling. Launching today, the Recon Jet will provide performance metrics on a display within the glasses that appears right below the user’s eye. The glasses, which look like something out of a futuristic movie, continue the trend of wearable technology and weaves it into athletic pursuits.

Take a look at the video below to see Jet in action.

Lightweight and resistant to water and dust, Jet comes equipped with GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ANT+ connect-ability, and a point-of-view camera that can shoot still photos and video. Speed, pace, distance, duration, vertical elevation gain, and more will be captured and displayed during athletic activity. Jet will also display caller ID and text messages from a paired smartphone. Users can customize their dashboard to see only the performance stats that matter to them. While Recon has developed its own platform, Engage, users can also upload stats to Strava, Training Peaks, Map My Fitness and other tracking sites.

Jet is controlled by a touchpad and rocker on the side of the glasses, which can be used even with gloves on. Batteries and lenses can be easily replaced. However the latest wearable technology does not come without a hefty price tag. Jet is retailing for $699. Orders expect to ship in four to six weeks due to high demand.

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“From the beginning, our design philosophy has been athlete-centric and activity-specific,” said Dan Eisenhardt, CEO of Recon Instruments. “What really matters to the user when running or cycling? What will truly make a difference and add value to their experience? Every aspect of Jet’s design focuses on answering those questions.”

Recon Jet is certainly not your typical running gear. Only time will tell if we start swapping our watches for smart glasses.

Do you think smart glasses will catch on? Would you try the Recon Jet?