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Ski Goggles Display Speed, Capture Video
7/30/2012

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Alpina's RR Goggles incorporate Recon Instruments' micro-display technology.   (Source: Recon Instruments)
Alpina's RR Goggles incorporate Recon Instruments' micro-display technology.
(Source: Recon Instruments)

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Beth Stackpole
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Driver distraction on the slopes
Beth Stackpole   7/30/2012 7:57:14 AM
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I see a holiday present in the making for my gadget-loving, 24/7 connected husband who constantly has smart phone in hand on the slopes. While I imagine a host of other takers like him, I have to wonder at the safety issues related to having all that "digital noise" clouding your vision when careening down the slopes. Not much different than people's reaction to folks checking email, GPS, and texting while driving. On second thought, perhaps not such a good gift....

naperlou
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Too much information?
naperlou   7/30/2012 9:02:05 AM
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For competitive skiers this would be useful, perhaps.  For a race car driver, where a machine is being controlled, the information might be useful.  For a skier, I am not sure of what additional help it would be.  And when you are on the slopes, do you really want to answering your phone?

On the other hand, this is a great example of what can be done with some modern microcontrollers to lower power comsumption and operate in extreme environments.

 

NadineJ
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Follows the trend
NadineJ   7/30/2012 10:07:22 AM
Since the emergence of Go-Pro and YouTube, the average sports enthusiast has been strapping on cameras and showing anyone interested where they've been and what they've done.  It all follows the larger trend of Tribalism-sharing and connecting with like-minded people without geographic limits.

The data recorded can help back up any claims of extreme altitude, speed, etc. 

I'm sure that safety is a big concern and will be addressed.  Sorry I missed this at CES.  I'd like to see the actual display through the goggles. 

tekochip
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User Interface?
tekochip   7/30/2012 10:12:35 AM
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That would really be a great gadget for cycling, but I'm curious about the user interface.  How do you navigate the menus?


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Re: User Interface?
inVan   7/30/2012 12:16:58 PM
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Hey Tekochip, users interact with MOD Live using the 6 buttons on the wireless Bluetooth low energy remote. The remote is worn like a watch over the skier's jacket, or it can be attached to the goggle strap as well. Here's a picture of the remote on my wrist: http://i.imgur.com/Ykr4v.jpg

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Re: Driver distraction on the slopes
inVan   7/30/2012 12:33:09 PM
Hey Beth, the HUD actually sits in your periferal, so it doesn't distract you while you're skiing or reduce your field of vision. You don't actually see it until you glance down and look at it. The UI is designed to be easy to read in split-second glances to get important info like speed, altitude, time, etc. When you're stopped or on the chairlift you can glance down and easily read more detailed info like your text messages, or pull up navigation or your music player. Also, if you get lost in the trees (which I sometimes do), you can open up navigation while stopped and easily find your way back to the trails. This saved my butt in Whistler more than a couple times this season. Hope that helps :)

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Driver distraction on the slopes
Beth Stackpole   7/30/2012 2:55:39 PM
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Sounds like a gadget lover's dream. I think as long as someone is comfortable receiving info in that manner and can train themselves to absorb data from within their peripheral vision, it would work great. The GPS addition is definitely a plus, especially when you're covering big mountain terrain, back country, or glade skiing.

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ChasChas   7/31/2012 9:45:36 AM
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Did any one from Washington DC ask if it has a teleprompter?

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Re: Driver distraction on the slopes
EdDanzer   7/31/2012 10:40:45 AM
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We got a sports radar detector some years ago to check speed skiing. I like to ride between 30 and 50 mph which is the limit of the slope in many cases. The last 2 years we have used two different Contour Video cameras. The Contour with the mapping of both speed and elevation is cool. The down side is when you wreck both the Go Pro and the Contour will be damaged and I do wreck.

I would like to test it downhill mountain biking as well as skiing. So where can I get one?

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How do the maps work?
Watashi   7/31/2012 10:41:41 AM
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This would be great for off-road ATV riding but does anyone know how the map feature works?  Does it just display google maps (android) or can you use custom maps such as with Polaris's ORV Trails app?

If I interface with a GoPro camera I can show everyone how fast I can get lost!

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