For a couple of years I’ve been hearing about a heads-up display for cyclists that has been in development. Richard Bryne, the CEO of Speedplay, first told me about an Israeli company that develops heads-up displays for fighter jets that was working on a pair of glasses for cyclists that would include a heads-up display. Here’s the thing about Richard: he’s a bike nerd extraordinaire. He’s seen it all and tried it all. And he’s as fair-handed and high-minded a guy as there is. If an idea or a product is worthy, he’ll support it. So when he told me they were doing something cool, I just started waiting for the announcement.
Well the announcement finally came at PressCamp. Everysight is the product and I’m told it will hit the market later this year.
Let’s start with the basics: This product is made by the same people who are doing the displays used in the U.S. military’s most sophisticated fighter jets. So that’s the who. Here’s the what:
- Grilamid TR-90 frame
- Impact-resistant and interchangeable lenses
- Adjustable nose piece for a personalized fit
- Quad-core CPU
- 2GB SDRAM
- Either 16 or 32GB storage
- Android OS
- 3D accelerometer
- 3D gyroscope
- 3D magnetometer
- Proximity sensor to indicate when it’s being worn
- GPS and GLONASS navigation
- Bluetooth 2.0
- BLE 4.0 (Bluetooth smart)
- Micro USB 2.0 for charging and data transfer
- POV camera
- Low-noise microphone for voice commands and video narration
- Multi-touch pad for controlling works with or without gloves
- Voice control
- Bluetooth remote controller
- Private LED indicates when camera is recording
- Battery life of up to eight hours
- Weight: 3.3 oz. (95g)
- Accessories: heart rate monitor, bluetooth remote, Rx lens insert, clear lens for low light
- Smartphone App
Like a GPS unit, it has multiple screens you can switch between to view as you ride. There is a
I had a chance to do a short ride with Everysight and flip between the different screens. There’s a navigation screen that will indicate the road or trail you’re on as well as upcoming turns. Operation was utterly seamless. It would be a dream come true for brevet riders. I just don’t know about charging on the road. I also spent some time in the screen that gives current speed, heartrate, distance covered, and time elapsed. You can also view metrics like wattage and cadence.
The big question, of course, is just how the eyewear is to use. Like anything, there will be a learning curve, but the combination of simple gestures (swipe forward on the right earpiece with a finger to change between different modes) and voice controls make it pretty easy to control. I was able to look past the display and see the road, or the path, easily. I had wondered how difficult it would be to tune the display out and that didn’t prove to be a challenge.
To see just what the display looks like, go here, and you’ll be able to watch some videos that show what is projected onto the lens. It’s worth mentioning that only one eye sees the projection.
I’ve got some concerns about the glasses bumping against deeper-fitting helmets as these glasses are taller than some. The lack of different lens options is also a drawback; two lenses is clearly not enough. I need something either adapative or lighter than the dark lens, but not completely clear.
The exact on-sale date and the suggested retail are still TBD. Generally speaking, those aren’t good signs for a new product, but because they have production samples and finished packaging, I’m encouraged and willing to wait for more news.