Heads-up displays are transparent displays that present data without requiring users to look away from their usual viewpoints. The origin of the name stems from a pilot being able to view information with the head positioned “up” and looking forward, instead of angled down looking at lower instruments. A heads-up display also has the advantage that the pilot’s eyes do not need to refocus to view the outside after looking at the optically nearer instruments.
Heads-up displays were initially developed for military aviation, but now are often found in commercial aircraft, automobiles and other professional applications.
Now a company called Everysight has developed the “Raptor(TM)”, smartglasses that use the same heads up concept to display information overlayed directly in the wearer’s line of site.
For example, if you are out for a bicycle ride, you can configure the glasses to show turn-by-turn navigation as well as workout metrics like time, distance, speed, heart rate, cadence and power. There’s also an integrated camera for capturing HD point-of-view video, and the ability to make phone calls and listen to music through a speaker in the glasses’ frames. Meanwhile, you can maintain full attention to your ride and the road without straining your eyes or losing inertia.
The smartglasses look very much like any pair of cycling glasses, designed to be lightweight, sleek and easy to use. While you may not be visiting Media Eye Works for a pair of Raptor’s in 2017, we believe the trend to integrate technology with glasses is evolving rapidly, and will soon become an option that many will consider when they visit us in coming years.