Glasses get clever output upgrade

Recon adds ANT+ data to Jet eyewear

Fresh off the back of the announcement that it has been acquired by tech firm Intel, Recon has today revealed that its Jet eyewear is now ANT+ power meter compatible.

When connected to an ANT+ power meter, Recon’s Jet glasses deliver real-time power data on a display that sits below the athlete’s right eye, just outside their field of vision, yet is easily accessible with a quick glance. Power data, expressed in watts, quantifies precisely how much energy the athlete is applying. 

Support for ANT+ power meters will be delivered through a free software update for Recon Jet users.

Once updated, Recon Jet can be configured to display ANT+ power data in one of six different modes, including Instant, 3 second, 10 second, 30 second, Max, and Average. Additional modes are coming soon. Power readings can be displayed alongside Jet’s other supported metrics, such as heart rate, speed, cadence, pace, grade, elevation gain, calories burned, distance, and duration.

“Structured training sessions—involving intervals and set pieces—are critically important to the performance riders I work with,” said Andrea Morelli, technical sports and cycling coach at the Sport Service Mapei applied research center in Varese, Italy.

“Those sessions require riders to hit the right numbers with excellent technique and mental focus. Many of my riders check their power readings every three to five seconds to stay in the right zone. This is essential, but it’s also enormously distracting when the readings are down on the bike stem. Thanks to Jet, riders can now view power data without distractions and without modifying their body position. This, I think, is going to revolutionize structured training.”

A list of supported power meters can now be found here.

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