April 16, 2015 (Vancouver, BC) – Recon Instruments, the award-winning technology company behind the world’s first consumer smart goggles for sports, is pleased to announce Recon Jet, an advanced wearable computer for sports and outdoor recreational activities. It will begin shipping this week. Featuring a dual-core CPU, high-contrast display and point-of- view camera, Jet connects seamlessly with leading smartphones and wearable sensors, delivering contextually relevant information instantly, just below the users right eye. The product is purpose-built for active outdoor use. Elegant and robust, Jet is lightweight, provides outstanding comfort, and is resistant to both water and dust. Jet’s design is modular; exchangeable lenses make it ideal in any lighting condition, while the battery can be easily swapped on-the-go for all-day performance.
“With Jet shipping today, we’ve achieved a huge milestone: delivering on an idea first conceived in 2008, when Recon was founded,” said Dan Eisenhardt, CEO of Recon Instruments. “The product is about more than real-time data delivery. We’ve addressed the entire in-activity experience, coordinating performance metrics, smartphone connectivity, video and photo capture, social interactions, and instant content sharing in its design. Jet’s feature set is built for running, cycling, and outdoor activities, both serious and recreational, with the goal of helping users not only perform better, but also find amazing motivation and enjoyment.”
Jet’s comprehensive suite of on-board sensors, including GPS, delivers a full portfolio of performance metrics like speed, pace, distance, duration, vertical elevation gain and more, while extra data points can be added by connecting wireless third-party devices (via ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart). This allows users to access heart-rate and cadence metrics, in real time. Power will be added shortly following launch.
During an activity, Jet allows the user to stay connected effortlessly to friends and family, displaying caller ID and text messages from a paired smartphone. Jet’s built-in point-of-view camera is instantly accessible to shoot short- form HD video and still images. While Recon has developed its own Recon Engage web platform and mobile apps for iOS and Android, a user’s stats can also be uploaded easily
“From the beginning, our design philosophy has been athlete-centric and activity-specific. We do not believe in generalist use cases for smart glasses. What really matters to the user when running or cycling? What truly will make a difference and add value to their experience? Every aspect of Jet’s design focuses on answering those questions,” said Eisenhardt.
“For outdoor activities, Jet is the next revolution in driving workout enjoyment, motivation and
performance,” said Eisenhardt. “In the 1980s and 90s, the introduction of portable music via
the WalkmanTM, MP3 player, and iPodTM changed the game for many athletes, boosting
motivation and making fitness fun again. Today, Jet delivers a level of instant data access,
connectivity, and motivation that will raise that bar to another level.”
The customizable dashboard lets users tailor their experience by displaying the information
that matters to them the most. This constant awareness of the right information, at the right
time, allows users to fine-tune their workouts by closely tracking target performance levels.
Measurable achievement helps users stay motivated, and Recon’s online community of
family, friends, and fellow athletes bolsters that further, creating an experience that is engaging, interactive, and stimulating.
“We’re launching Jet with a feature set built for runners and cyclists, but the opportunity to e extend Jet’s utility into completely new use cases is enormous,” said Eisenhardt.
Recon’s open platform and SDK allow developers to create compelling applications for any activity.
The Jet includes a dual-core CPU, a point-of-view camera, GPS, Bluetooth Smart, ANT+ , Wi-Fi, and a 9-axis sensor suite, making it a stand-alone computing solution equivalent in power to a typical smartphone. The electronics are distributed across the eyewear, ensuring the device is well balanced and comfortable to wear in-activity, even during longer workouts. Jet is controlled by a touchpad and intuitive rocker button designed for use in all weather conditions, even with gloves on. Its design is modular, allowing batteries and lenses to be swapped easily. Jet is available in select specialty running, cycling, triathlon, and outdoor stores.
Retail price CAD 879.00$
Outdoor Gear Canada (OGC) is happy to announce that we are the exclusive sporting goods distributor in Canada for Recon Jet – Smart eyewear by Recon Instruments for your active lifestyle.
About Recon Instruments
Founded in 2008, Recon Instruments is a world leader in smart eyewear and smart goggle technology for sports and recreational activities. Recon’s award-winning multi-patent and patent-pending technology platform integrates a high-contrast display with a state-of-the-art computing platform and sensor suite. Recon’s smart eyewear and smart goggles run an operating system with an open SDK to empower developers to create apps for an endless variety of sports and activities. With worldwide distribution and partnerships with leading technology and optics companies, Recon continues to define and evolve the smart eyewear category. For more information please visit here.