We're unsure of the wisdom of displaying a wealth of real-time GPS-sourced ride information in your downhill goggles while ripping through treacherous terrain but that's just what Recon Instruments' latest system offers up if you're so inclined.
The MOD and MOD Live systems integrate cleanly into compatible goggles from Zeal, Briko, Alpina and Uvex. One side of the goggle encapsulates the GPS antenna while the module on the other side includes a small stalk for the tiny multicolor LCD display.
The screen may be miniscule but it's surprisingly legible and detailed when the goggles are on your face and Recon have done a good job of tuning the focus point such that you don't have to alter your gaze much from where you're trying to go.
Goggles fitted with Recon Instruments' MOD or MOD Live system can display real-time GPS-sourced information right in your line of sight
That display offers up an impressive range of data, too, including speed, distance, altitude, elapsed time and temperature. Built-in sensors even detect when you're off the ground for jump-related stats such as airtime, distance and height. All that information is posted on multiple screens for easier navigation, too, all controlled via a wireless remote that can be strapped to your wrist.
Recon Instruments' more upscale MOD Live variant pushes things even further with Bluetooth wireless connectivity for integration with your Android smartphone or video camera. As if the standard system didn't already offer enough information, the Live system adds in-goggle navigation with real-time tracking of other specified connected users on the mountain, call control, and the ability to control your music playlists. According to Recon, MOD Live can wirelessly control a remote video camera, too.
Ride data can be uploaded via the mini-USB port, which also serves to recharge the on-board li-ion battery
After your activity is done, you can upload the GPS data via the built-in mini-USB port to Recon's own Recon HQ website for Google Maps and Google Earth overlays, more comprehensive data analysis, and social networking features for sharing information with friends.
Recon tell BikeRadar that their system is currently set up for snow goggles but they're in the process of developing partners for downhill bike applications, meaning it's not quite ready at the moment but it might be by next season. Pricing hasn't been announced for the cycling-specific package, but rest assured the system won't be cheap. Comparable complete top-end systems for snow use currently cost upwards of US$500.