Introduced in fall 2015 by porting military technology over for cyclists, the Kopin SOLOS heads up sunglasses system used a tiny optic to place key data directly in your field of view. In 2016, they sponsored the Team USA track cyclists to get feedback from riders who could really benefit from the tech, which then became available through Kickstarter.

SOLOS heads up display sunglasses for cyclists runners and triathletes adds audio feedback and voice control at CES2018

At CES this year, they’re introducing the second generation system to add audio capabilities, giving you options for voice control, group chat, audio coaching, listen to music, or take a call from your “mobile office”.

SOLOS heads up display sunglasses for cyclists runners and triathletes adds audio feedback and voice control at CES2018

The Pupil display measures just 4mm and allows almost complete see-through and see-around clearance. The idea is to keep the important data right in front of you so you don’t waste time or mess up your form (running) or aero position (cycling) to glance down at a cycling computer. You can set up what you see and track the rest of your ride data through their app, which links together the SOLOS hardware with any other Bluetooth LE and ANT+ hardware on you and your bike (HR strap, power meter, etc.).

SOLOS UPDATES FOR 2018

SOLOS heads up display sunglasses for cyclists runners and triathletes adds audio feedback and voice control at CES2018

The small display lets you see the data you choose crisply and clearly when you focus on it (left), then have it all but disappear when your focus returns to the road ahead.

The new audio features make it so your coach can watch your performance from a chase car (or bike), then communicate instructions.

They’ve also added running metrics like speed, power, pace, cadence and heart rate. This should keep triathletes happy as they transition from bike to run. The system can also show turn-by-turn directions (using your phone’s GPS), call and text alerts, and more. Available in Q1 2018 for $499. Works with iOS and Android, battery life is 5 hours, and claimed weight is 68g.

SOLOS-wearables.com

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Pete
Pete
4 years ago

This is almost comical

Steve
4 years ago

As a track rider, I wouldn’t want anything possibly blocking my vision on my right side where someone could be coming down the banking and around me. Also, I can’t imagine velodromes allowing these to be used in mass start events.

Dano
Dano
4 years ago

I want these to track Strava PR’s and KOMs for instant feedback. And I’ll get them for my riding partners so I can tell them how awesome I am.

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
4 years ago

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. This is a good product idea with poor implementation integrate his in a TT visor and Time Trialists as well as triathletes (people who actually have the money to buy stuff like this) will be all over it.

Carl
Carl
4 years ago

Situations like that, where having something like power or heart rate constantly visible is desirable, are where I see this implemented best and would also allow for a much cleaner design since the electronics could all be hidden in the helmet. In a road race, unless you’re Froome, having data is good but it doesn’t need to be constantly in your face, and in a normal ride situation most of us would be well served by sticking the head unit in a pocket and ignoring it until the ride is over.

JBikes
JBikes
4 years ago

I’m of the opinion that racing organizations should remove power/hr and performance metrics from rider access during races. Team communication should be for safety only (crash/medical support, or something like that). Part of training for a race should be knowing your body. Part of being a good racers should be knowing your body, your team AND the course.

JBikes
JBikes
4 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

about the only thing I’d allow is mileage, so you can at least know distance remaining.

4RE
4RE
4 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

Sounds like you should start your own race series

JBikes
JBikes
4 years ago
Reply to  4RE

first order of business when I become king

zoschiett78
4 years ago

Everysight Raptor!?