Wearable tech eyewear rival enters the cycling world

Recon gets a rival with Kopin’s Solos

It looks like things are about to hot up in the Smart Glasses world, with Kopin taking to Interbike to launch a rival to Recon – dubbed the Solos.

Already a developer for military applications, Kopin’s cycling glasses are claiming to be the world’s smallest, lightest Smart Glasses.

Using a microscopic height adjustable Vista display, the right eye has easy, yet unobstructive, access to key information, raging ride data, to mobile app information. Though just 4mm, the tiny projector casts a virtual 5-inch display when the glasses are worn.

Like Recon’s Jet product, the Solos uses ANT+ connectivity that will talk to smartphones and devices. Having been developed alongside pro cyclists and tested in wind tunnels, the Solos is pitched at the more athletic cyclist, but will offer something for the tech geeks among us too, including a proprietary Whisper function that will allow voice commands to control the display. Furthermore, a tiny speaker near the ear will adjust volume levels in accordance with the ambient noise around you.

The frames are made from flexible polycarbonate and the lenses are interchangeable between clear, polarised and iridescent orange.

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