18-05-2013, 15:00 #1
Google Glass enfrentará Jet, rival mais barato e completo de óculos computadorizados
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A poucos metros do estande do Glass no Google I/O, evento anual que aconteceu nesta semana em San Francisco, uma empresa canadense demonstrava o que poderá ser o principal rival dos óculos futurísticos da firma do Vale do Silício.
O Jet, com lentes escuras e visor abaixo do olho direito, é o novo produto que a Recon Instruments promete colocar à venda antes do final do ano.
O preço será similar ao de outros óculos computadorizados produzidos pela companhia, direcionados para esqui e esportes radicais, que variam de US$ 400 a US$ 600 (R$ 800 a R$ 1.200).
É um passo à frente do Google, que hoje vende o Glass a R$ 3.000, embora sejam apenas 2.000 unidades de uma versão especial para desenvolvedores de aplicativos.
Apesar de promessas iniciais, o Glass também dificilmente chegará ao mercado neste ano, de acordo com declarações recentes de Eric Schmidt, presidente do conselho do Google.
Além da diferença do local do visor (no Glass, é em cima do olho direito), o Jet tem uma bateria do lado esquerdo que pode ser trocada sem interromper o uso (o Glass precisa ser recarregado na tomada).
"Cansa menos olhar para baixo do que para cima", afirmou à Folha Patrick Cho, engenheiro da Recon que testava o Jet para os visitantes do Google I/O. "Acho que o Google nos convidou para mostrar que este é o futuro, que isto será normal", completou seu colega.
Cho usava a barra sensível ao toque do Jet (similar ao Glass) para fazer voar um pequeno quadricóptero. No visor dos óculos com fundo preto, dava para ver o que a câmera instalada no "drone" filmava.
Nas lentes de esqui já comercializadas pela Recon, em parcerias com a Oakley, o usuário pode ver sua velocidade e altitude, ter acesso a mapas e outros aplicativos próprios para controle de música e compartilhamento de fotos e vídeos.
Usuário com os óculos Jet, produzidos pela Recon e que competem com o Google Glass
18-05-2013, 15:36 #2
Recon Instruments Teases Google Glass Competitor for Athletes
By Roberto Baldwin 06-mar-2013
Before Google Glass got everyone excited, Recon instruments was putting a heads-up-display in alpine goggles. Judging from a teaser imag Recon sent us, it looks like the same technology will land on glasses soon.
Recon Instruments wouldn’t say anything at all about the glasses in the pic, but we already know its MOD Live system delivers speed, altitude and location data to a small display in bottom right corner of goggle made by Oakley, Zeal and Scott. MOD Live also alerts you to text messages and calls via Bluetooth and displays resort trail maps with the location of your buddies and important landmarks (the lodge and first aid stations) on the map.
Google Glass has jump started put-computers-on-your-face technology in the past year, and there’s no doubt Google Glass looks like it’ll be cool. But it’s durability remains to be seen, even if Glass is a far more elegant approach to wearable computing than the device seen on the sunglasses in Recon’s teaser image. But Recon knows its glasses will be used by athletes who are riding, running and, occasionally, falling. If MOD Live works as well in sunglasses as it does in goggles, it’ll be a great way a great way to track a workout.
And if it also shoots photos and video, it could be a Google Glass killer.
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18-05-2013, 16:27 #3
Oakley AirwaveSmith isn't the only company Recon is teaming up with this season. In fact, the HUD innovator has also packed its tech into goggles from the likes of Briko, Scott, Uvex and Alpina. But I got especially excited about Recon's newest collaboration with Oakley, one of the premier optics companies on the planet.
Just like the competition, the new Oakley Airwaves ($600) track your top speed, control your music, work with your Bluetooth-enabled Contour camera and measure your hang time while jumping. Also similar is the remote, a wristband with buttons large enough for puffy-gloved hands. The Airwave's tiny display sits below the main field of vision of your right eye, so the information is there without being obtrusive — important when you're flying down the mountain at 50 mph. If you have one or more Airwave-wearing friends on the slopes with you, tracking them is easy with a built-in buddy location system. Plus, when you plug in the goggles at the end of the day, all your stats are available on the Recon's Engage website.
As a goggle, they're great. There's zero distortion in the lens, and the lens overall is very nice, as you'd expect from Oakley. They're also comfortable and easy to adjust. The only ding against them is that because of the Recon system, you lose a little peripheral vision — but that's the same story for all Recon-equipped goggles. — Roberto Baldwin
18-05-2013, 16:40 #4
JetRecon is launching Jet, heads-up display glasses using its own technology. Recon's glasses come with a tiny monitor, like Google Glass, except that it sits near the bottom of the field of vision for the right eye rather than the top.
The heads-up display unit includes a dual-core processor; Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity; GPS and movement sensors; and a high-definition camera; among other features. That technology lets people wearing Jet-equipped glasses track and film their movements, for example, and upload that data to the Web.
Vancouver-based Recon isn't shying away from the Google Glass resemblance. After all, Google Glass has generated the kind of press coverage about which a tiny company like Recon could only dream.
"There's some similarity to Google Glass," said Tom Fowler, Recon's chief marketing officer. "From our perspective, that's a welcome comparison."
"They have very deep pockets. They have very smart people. And they are great marketers," Fowler said. "We're thankful they are in the space."
Unlike Google, Recon is already selling eyewear with heads-up displays. It's pioneered putting tiny monitors and a variety of sensors in ski goggles to display speed, distance, vertical descent data, and more. Top goggle makers, such as Oakley, Smith Optics, and Zeal Optics, among others, include Recon's heads-up display units in their goggles, charging upward of $450 for a set.
CNET reviewed the goggles last winter and found the technology lacking. But Recon has pressed on, working on fixes for the goggle hardware and software while developing its Jet technology as well.
Google invited Recon to I/O, as it did a year ago, because it uses some components from the Web giant's Android mobile operating system. This year, Recon will demonstrate apps that run on Jet, including live activity tracking; video streaming; Web and smartphone connectivity; and Facebook integration.
Recon is staking out a space for itself in activity-specific use for its glasses. It expects cyclists, for example, to use its glasses, giving them data about their rides -- such as speed, distance traveled, and power output -- at a glance.
"We are all about athlete-centered design," Fowler said. "We're not trying to make a product that you will put on in the morning and wear around all day."
Another difference: the openness of Recon's software platform, said Ben McConnell, Recon's director of product platforms. Developers can use the software development kit from Recon and hook into GPS and data from other sensors in the hardware. Recon said it's currently working with fitness companies to develop apps for its platform. Some Google developers have already begun griping about the limitations of the Glass application programming interface.
"We feel the openness of our platform is an advantage," McConnell said.
Unlike the ski goggles, Recon intends to sell Jet glasses under the Recon brand. Initially, it plans to have one model that will come in multiple frame and lens colors. The company plans to start selling the glasses by the end of the year.
POV of Stefan Häusl and his Recon Instruments MOD Live at FWT 2012 Fieberbrunn
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Recon MOD Features Overview
Recon MOD Features Overview - YouTube
Here's a video, produced by Recon, that demonstrates the possibilities that the company sees for its Jet glasses:
Introducing Recon Jet: Groundbreaking Heads-Up Display from Recon Instruments - YouTube
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