Luxottica Group has teamed up with technology group Intel to create a smart eyewear which features a real-time voice activated coaching system.
Oakley Radar Pace, developed for athletes of all levels, creates personalised training programmes, tracks performance via an app and external sensors, coaches in real-time and responds to questions asked by the user.
The eyewear, described as a ‘virtual coach’, features a hands-free conversational interface powered by Intel Real Speech and is claimed to help athletes maintain optimal training position. The Bluetooth audio headset also allows users to place and receive calls and texts and listen to music.
Oakley Vice President of Advanced Product Development Ryan Saylor commented: “Merging Oakley’s leading design and performance benefits with Intel’s technology, Radar Pace is a game changer in training and coaching.
“One of the biggest benefits is the accountability – the coach being there with the athletes to help get the most out of every workout. It was a true collaboration that we hope will redefine the future of sport.”
Radar Pace also features Oakley Prizm, a lens technology that is claimed to ‘dramatically’ enhance detail to help improve performance by providing precise colour tuning, designed for specific environments.
The Prizm Road lens that comes with Radar Pace is said to brighten whites and enhance yellows, greens and reds so runners and cyclists can see subtle changes in road texture and spot hazards more easily.
Radar Pace is made of two primary components: Oakley eyewear with integrated earbuds and microphone, and a mobile app for iOS and Android. The Radar Pace app is available for free download from the Apple App Store or on Google Play.
The product is available in travel retail Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand at a suggested retail price of US$449/€439/£400/CHF500.