Like Google Glass for Jocks: Say Hello to Recon Jet

The Recon Jet resembles something like Google Glass mounted on a pair of sporty-looking polarized sunglasses.

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I’m no stranger to Recon products. You may recall the time I defied death at 45 miles-per-hour while wearing Recon’s Android-infused ski goggles. Well, the company is back with an offering for the summertime crowd.

Called the Recon Jet, the $500 apparatus resembles something like Google Glass except that the screen sits slightly below the wearer’s line of sight instead of above it, and the whole kit is mounted on a pair of sporty-looking polarized sunglasses.

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The system interfaces with your iPhone or Android handset to leverage various phone functions and apps (calls, text messages, weather, navigation, social media and the like) while relaying your speed, elevation, distance traveled and more. You can link the Jet to wearable fitness gadgets to keep track of things like your heartrate, though Recon hasn’t made the list of compatible devices available yet. And just like the Recon ski goggles, you can upload all your stats and share them with other Recon users online.

Battery life is promised to be between four and six hours, and the battery can be swapped out with another one if you don’t have time to wait for it to recharge. The Jet also features a built-in camera for recording video and snapping photos. Everything is controlled via a touch-sensitive pad on the right-hand side of the glasses, which Recon says can be manipulated even if you’re wearing gloves. The whole system weighs just over two ounces.

Recon is positioning the Jet toward endurance athletes such as cyclists, triathletes and runners – the system will cost $500 until July 21, after which it’ll run $600. You’ll have to be patient, though, the first batch of Recon Jets won’t begin shipping out until December at the earliest.

Recon Jet [Recon Instruments]