Raptor smart glasses feel the need… the need for speed

Fighter jet HUD technology crammed into cycling wearables

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With the Raptor smartglasses, Israeli firm Everysight is bringing 30 years’ experience of developing fighter jet display technology to the world of cycling wearables – and it really shows.

Everysight, a spin-off of defence tech company Elbit Systems, is using augmented reality technology that overlays information such as speed, bearing, altitude, position and more directly into your line of sight.

Related: Recon Jet smartglasses review

On the road, there’s an overlay of speed, bearing, heart rate, distance and power output: on the road, there’s an overlay of speed, bearing, heart rate, distance and power output
Could this display layout be better for cyclists than screens in the peripheral vision?

It’s called Everysight Beam, and the makers say this approach – rather than the peripheral screens used by rivals such as Recon Jet and Kopin Solos – cuts distractions, reduces eyestrain and eliminates opaque display elements that can obscure the field of view.

Another big potential plus is that the glasses are claimed to be much lighter and more comfortable than existing alternatives, with superior optics. We’re interested to see how those claims stand up, and plan to put some test units through the BikeRadar wringer as soon as they’re available.

Say cheese! the raptor includes a camera: say cheese! the raptor includes a camera
The Raptor includes a forward-facing video camera for recording those tower flybys

Everysight CEO Asaf Ashkenazi said that his company has “more than 30 years of experience and dominate the market in vision systems and augmented reality, integrating real-time data in pilots’ helmets to optimise performance and keep pilots safe and focused on what matters”.

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Raptor will launch in 2016 as the first in a new range of smart glasses from Everysight. Check out the promo video below for an idea of how to make like Maverick and stage your own flybys on the local training loop.

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