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Recon Jet smart sunglasses adds ANT+ power meter support and brand gets acquired by Intel

Smart sunglasses brand Recon has been acquired by electronics giant Intel, which suggests something to compete with Google Glass on a broader, more mainstream scale may be on the way from the chip maker.

More pertinent to us, though, is the addition of ANT+ power meter compatibility for the Recon Jet. We had a chance to play with the Jet at Sea Otter, and a long-term review unit just arrived at the office. The ANT+ power meter support is merely an addition to existing ANT+ device compatibility, along with Bluetooth Smart, GPS and an HD camera all bringing in data to display (even directions) on its miniature screen. Check the links above and our initial coverage for more tech details.

Power data can be displayed as Instant, 3 second, 10 second, 30 second, Max, and Average, with additional modes coming soon. Power readings can be displayed alongside other metrics like heart rate, speed, cadence, pace, grade, elevation gain, calories burned, distance and duration, with each number positioned on the display however you like.

t’ll also tell you when you need to drink…

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Recon’s new Refuel app alerts you when to consume food or water while cycling or running to maximize performance and help reduce muscle catabolization and dehydration. The app considers age, weight, height, gender, altitude, distance traveled, heart rate and either pace or speed to make individualized nutritional suggestions. The app was developed with ultra distance athlete and author Brendan Brazier and led to the development of the Recon SDK, being released later this month that’ll let other developers create apps for the Jet.

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During activity, it reminds you when to drink. Before and after, it offers suggestions for what to consume to maintain performance for the type and duration of activity you’re going to do and how to recover from it.

The free Refuel app is available now in Recon’s app center, which is only available on Desktop at launch. Mobile and wearable versions of the app are coming.

ReconInstruments.com

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zippy
zippy
7 years ago

“Time to take a drink”…Finally! empirical data to counter my wife’s nagging!

Ronin
Ronin
7 years ago

That Refuel app seems like a good idea. Perhaps Strava will get this kinda feature in the future.

RickyBob
RickyBob
7 years ago

I can get on board with the refuel thing but telling me when I need to take a drink?? I have this thing called “thirst” that can do that!

xtc
xtc
7 years ago

RickyBob – “For years, some health and exercise professionals have recommended drinking water or other fluids before your body tells you to. Thirst, they say, is a sign that you are on the road to dehydration.”

That may be true… so…

tomlaw
tomlaw
7 years ago

It’s called science. It tells you when to take a drink before you develop thirst. U miss the point completely.

TheKaiser
TheKaiser
7 years ago

@XTC, perhaps you have already come across this, but RickyBob is in alignment with a number of leading sports scientists in believing that thirst is an adequate indicator, and the belief that one must constantly drink before thirst occurs to prevent dangerous dehydration is not factual or evidence based. Here is an excerpt from Noakes’ book on the topic: http://www.runnersworld.com/hydration-dehydration/drink-to-thirst

Tomi
Tomi
7 years ago

Finally Chris Froome will have a chance to look in front of him. Well only if his neck still have working muscles.

mtb
mtb
7 years ago

Hmmm… still cannot afford in addition to my power meters and GPS/Garmin(s) and bike…

john
john
7 years ago

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ObligatedToSay
ObligatedToSay
7 years ago

@tomlaw: There’s no science with respect to fueling, liquid or otherwise, that applies to everyone. It’s like calorie calculation – guess-timation would be a more accurate term.

The app would have more value if I could program reminders for fueling…

RickyBob
RickyBob
7 years ago

There is no way this thing can tell me when I’m about to be dehydrated. There are too many variables. One glaring omission from this calculation is temperature. When its 110 degrees and sunny in Phoenix I guarantee I’m drinking more water, all else being equal than when its 70 or 80, or 90. It’s called science.

jeffle
jeffle
7 years ago

Pretty soon we are going to have apps that communicate information to needle ports in the rider. Blood lactate, glucose, and other variable will be available. Not kidding!

Fudloe
Fudloe
7 years ago

I… I am completely at a loss. The only purpose this insanely unnecessary device truly serves is to help weenies look important to other weenies. A phone & a cyclocomputer (even a $10 cheapie) cover all of these bases. And as aptly mentioned, if you need to be told when to drink, it’s best you don’t ride.

This is the kind of crap that gives rise to modern Luddites. How about a long lasting, inexpensive, functional headlight there, R&D?

drider
drider
7 years ago

“electronics giant Intel”, lol more like “semiconductor giant Intel”.

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