The Next Wave of Bike Computer

The Next Wave of Bike Computer

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
  • Barometer
  • Proximity sensor to indicate when it’s being worn
  • GPS and GLONASS navigation
  • ANT+
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • BLE 4.0 (Bluetooth smart)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Micro USB 2.0 for charging and data transfer
  • POV camera
  • Speaker
  • 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.

 

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14 comments

  1. Jan

    How does the visual work for those of us who wear corrective lenses in various ways? Possible? (I wear contacts, but need reading glasses to read, for example. Would I be able to see the lens screen?)


    1. Author
      Padraig

      There is a “focusing” feature that adjusts how and where the image is projected. Given the range of adjustment it went through as they dialed it to me, and I need reading glasses, I’m reasonably confident it would adjust to your needs, unless you are profoundly far-sighted.

  2. Jeff Dieffenbach

    @Jan, no idea the answer for this product, but my camera viewfinder has a dial that lets me adjust focus to match my near eyesight at the time (which is different depending on whether I’m wearing contacts or glasses. They should be able to do the same. Whether they did, that’s the interesting question.

    I’m interested to know whether the electroncis are transferrable to a replacement frame. Would be a shame to damage the frame and be stuck having to replace the entire set.

  3. Marc B

    If the weight and fit are alright, I think that it’s an interesting idea and could be great for those who ‘need’ their data front & center.

    That said, one of my favorite things about the GPS I’ve been using is that the screen can be turned off altogether. It keeps me from fixating 90% of the time but gives me the option to switch it back on or leave it on when I want a reminder to push harder. On the mountain bike it stays off pretty much all of the time.

  4. Miles Archer

    I’ll wait for the one with the drone that flies ahead of me and points out obstacles.

    Seriously, this is cool. It needs (and probably has) a dashcam app. Nice to have a rear view cam too.

  5. Brian E Ledford

    have you tried the recon jet or the garmin heads up display? curious how they compare experientially. Would also be curious how much of the weight/expense could be dumped to a smart phone one is probably already carrying.

  6. scott g.

    Needs a rear facing camera.
    Also why does it have computer ?
    A wearable display with sensors linked to your cell phone would have a lot more horsepower.

  7. Les.B.

    2 questions:
    In the video I can focus on the data fields and the trail simultaneously. In real life, do you have to re-focus to switch between data fields and trail?

    For HRM does it use the strap-style sensor as in the Garmin products? That method is notoriously unreliable.


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      Padraig

      The difference between looking at the display and refocusing up the road was beyond miniscule; I didn’t even notice.

      Yes, the HRM is a traditional chest strap. Now, regarding your statement about reliability: if you’re suggesting that the data isn’t reliable, I’d have to disagree. They are ultra-reliable, data-wise. If you’re talking about breakage and repair issues, then yes, the Garmin units are notorious for not lasting long, unlike the Wahoo units. I’ve been on the same Wahoo chest strap for three years.

    2. VeloKitty

      > They are ultra-reliable, data-wise.

      That has not been my experience … They often send spurious data or drop out.

    3. Les.B.

      Should have specified. I meant breakage issues.
      Since the heart rate is measured, no doubt, against a reference from the GPS satellite, it would be quite accurate.
      I’ll try the Wahoo next time.

  8. Rick

    I just received a pair last week as part of the test pilot program. They are off the production tooling and very close to complete. It seems like they are still tweaking the software but I have done four rides (one 3 and half hours) and have had no problems. The ANT+ is currently off so I need to tether to my phone which is only temporary. They are more comfortable than they look but have been used to very lightweight glasses so it was a little adjustment. Works ok with my Giro Synthe helmet but told a no go with Kask.

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