So I know its the wrong season here in Oz… But there is no surf, there are floods everywhere and the only place to chill out at the moment is surfing the desk with the air con on… So How about getting excited about the ski season, better yet, skip town and head OS where its been pumping snow… Why not grab some GPS-enabled goggles with a head-mounted display system before you bail?
Created in partnership with Colorado’s Zeal Optics, Recon’s Transcend goggles provide real-time feedback for skiers and other snow sports enthusiasts including speed, latitude/longitude, altitude, vertical distance travelled, total distance travelled, chrono/stopwatch mode, a run-counter, temperature and time. Also included in the goggles are GPS capabilities, USB charging and data transfer, and free post-processing software that can overlay the user’s runs onto satellite imagery, enabling him or her to play back, store and re‐live each trip to the mountain. Priced starting at CAD 429, several days’ worth of data can be stored at once on the 257-gram goggles, and the battery offers a run time of between six and eight hours. Information displayed in the micro LCD appears to hang six feet in front of the user; “glove-friendly” buttons, meanwhile, help navigate the full-color dashboard and feature screens. Launched in October 2010, Recon’s Transcend SPPX 2010 model — fitted with an SPPX polarized and photochromic lens — sold out shortly thereafter; new availability is scheduled for February.
Add a go pro to your helmet and you have a record of everthing you’ve done belting down the mountain. Pretty cool…
Or just forget about the technology and enjoy the ride. I don’t think I’ll be forking out for these anytime soon, but pretty rad all the same.