Ski goggles go space age with Recon tech

Goggles are key to every snowsports retailers' accessories mix. And hot new technology from brands such as British Columbia's Recon are helping to reset the standards of performance. SNEWS takes a look.
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If George Jetson wore goggles, they’d likely employ Recon’s Next Generation Technology. They’re that high-tech, and now just as readily available as Rosey the Robot.

The Vancouver, BC-based company announced at the SIA Snow Show that three new goggle-makers--Uvex, Alpina and Briko--will debut its futuristic lenswear technology this fall, taking direct-to-eye communications even further into the troposphere.

“With three more brands incorporating our technology, direct-to-eye communications will be accessible to more people than ever, in different styles and price points,” said Recon CEO Dan Eisenhardt.

The announcement follows the October introduction of the ReCon-powered Transcend goggle from Zeal, offering GPS data viewable through a head-mounted display. The Transcend offers real-time feedback on a micro LCD display, including speed, latitude/longitude, altitude, vertical, distance, chrono/stopwatch, run-counter, temperature and time. It also offers GPS capabilities, as well as USB charging and data transfer to post-processing software.

Utilizing the Android operating system, the new technology takes the gadgetry ever farther. Fitting into its partners’ Recon-Ready frames, it offers the first-ever goggles with a real-time navigational system.

Users can locate friends and family on the hill and navigate unfamiliar resorts with direct-to-eye trail maps thanks to a partnership with Mountain Dynamics, the world’s largest resort map bank. Wearers navigate an interactive widescreen LCD in real-time via a wireless remote and personalize their goggles with a suite of downloadable apps hosted on Recon’s online headquarters (reconinstruments.com).

Bluetooth capabilities also connect to wearers’ smartphones, letting music playlists, caller ID and text messages be viewable via lens, and allowing the micro LCD display to serve as a viewfinder for wireless video cameras.

“We’ve always been an innovative brand so these features are a perfect match,” said Uvex Sports’ Markus Winning. Added Briko chairman Carlo Boroli: “Real-time feedback gives athletes an edge over their competitors and maximizes enjoyment for all, both of which are driving forces behind our philosophy.”—Eugene Buchanan

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