Zeal Optics Sells The First GPS-Equipped Ski Goggles

Zeal Optics Sells The First GPS-Equipped Ski Goggles

It's like skiing on the mountain and playing a video game at the same time. Zeal Optics, maker of sports lenswear has partnered with display maker Recon Instruments to come up with the Transcend GPS ski goggles and the units became available for sale this week. Zeal goes so far as to call them the world's first GPS-equipped goggles.

The goggles do more than simply tell you stuff like what runs you've skied, or where the heck you are after telemarking in the back country all day while pounding schnapps. They include a dashboard that logs speed, altitude and temperature, vertical odometer, distance and the time, plus stopwatch and chronos modes, because for GPS lovers, there's no such thing as too much information.

 

Then via an LCD display mounted on the inside lens, they virtually project your dashboard so that it appear to hang about six feet in front of you.




The dashboard can be controlled by glove-friendly buttons on the exterior of the goggle. Zeal promises that skiing or riding with a virtual dashboard as a buddy won't be distracting, causing epic wipeouts that your buddies film to post on YouTube.

The goggles include a USB port, too, so after they help you find your way back to the lodge, you can upload your day's adventures to your Windows PC or Mac. Thanks to the included Recon HQ software and support for Google Maps, your stats and goggle-wearing travels can be mapped to Google and shared with others. The goggles weigh 257 grams including a rechargeable lithium batter that Zeal says will last about seven hours.

Word is, Zeal is going to make an API available so application developers can do more stuff with these ultra-cool goggles.

There are two models, each sporting a different option for Zeals' top of the line lenses. The S$499 PPX uses a polarized, photochromatic (aka transitioning lens). It changes from dark rose for bright sun to light yellow for those flat light cloudy days on the hill. The $399 SPX is a standard polarized lens.
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To me this is useless fluff. But it's going to sell like hotcakes once a few people buy them and start showing them off on the slopes. There will be competitions to see who can make the most outrageous videos with them. Guys will ask to go out with girls just because she owns one of them,.......Heh-Heh!

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Its becoming a standard to attach beacon reflectors to snowboard gear, and with good reason. Although someone has to have a beacon for these to work, Anything that facilitates locating an avalanche victim is ok in my book. From the article above, I can not tell if these will have such beacon reflecting feature, but the gps could definitely be used for that. Would also be extremely helpful if you were lost. the speedometer is pretty cool, too. But I wouldn't spent that much for them.

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and these should probably have a point counter for when you are riding park.

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i actually find this very interesting. though it might be useless it is impressive and maybe fun to use :). They should mount a camera in to it as well though, would be lot more useful and more people will probably buy just for the camera feature :). I can't wait for it to snow... :D

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Inspector:
They should mount a camera in to it as well

As you can tell by reading my earlier post, I thought that a camera was incorporated into these things already. Whoops!

Without one, they're not as fun sounding to me. Showing off a film to your friends with speed and GPS data embedded into the picture while it's playing back would be sweet. (you know,.......when you're doing somersaults at 40MPH?)

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These look realy cool from the front, like the shades of pilots helmets.

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