Garmin‘s new Varia Imaginative and prescient system might both be a dream come true for cyclists or a piece in progress, however that is undoubtedly an fascinating accent. The Varia Imaginative and prescient is an augmented actuality show that you simply mount to your sun shades. And it’s not nearly displaying how nicely you’re doing, it could possibly provide you with a warning about visitors and instructions.
Many cyclists have already got tiny computing units on their handlebars. However it may be harmful and cumbersome to look down whenever you’re driving in visitors. You may also miss some key info, akin to instructions.
With the Varia Imaginative and prescient, your info is immediately in your line of sight. You get knowledge, flip-by-flip instructions, notifications out of your telephone and extra. In the event you additionally put a rearview radar, you’ll additionally get alerts about automobiles approaching your from behind.
Relating to the consumer interface, it really works just like the Google Glass. There’s a tiny touchpad on the aspect to be able to scroll via menus. It has an built-in ambient mild sensor and is waterproof. It may possibly even vibrate to provide you with a warning. The battery is meant to final eight hours.
Different corporations have made augmented actuality units for athletes, reminiscent of Recon Devices. The corporate was lately acquired by Intel, so it’s unclear whether or not they’re nonetheless targeted on creating new augmented actuality units.
All of it comes right down to execution. It’s onerous to inform whether or not this system is definitely helpful and works as anticipated with out making an attempt it in actual life. Provided that it makes use of your telephone for GPS instructions and notifications, a lot of the computing energy occurs in your telephone.
The Varia Imaginative and prescient isn’t an affordable system. At $four hundred, solely biking addicts will think about shopping for the system when it comes out in Q1 2016. However I can’t assist however assume that it might shortly grow to be a must have for many who spend extra time on their bike than of their automotive, like our personal Andrew Sweeney.