If you don’t like the idea of wearing a fitness tracker clipped to your clothes or around your wrist, now there’s a new option: wear one Knock Off Oakley Sunglasses on your face.
Oakley, a division of eyewear giant Luxottica, just released a new pair of smart sunglasses, designed in collaboration with Intel, that connect to a smart phone app for iOS and Android and act like a coach who’s constantly up in your mug. The new “Radar Pace” glasses have earbuds attached to the sides, plus an integrated microphone, so you can listen to music, make and receive calls and texts via Bluetooth, and get information about your performance in real time to help you stay motivated.
The result of “years” of research and development by Oakley and Intel, the glasses feature a “real-time voice-activated coaching system,” the companies explained in a news release, that tracks your performance using internal and external sensors, offers motivation when you need it, and responds to questions like “what’s today’s workout,” “how’s my pace,” or “what’s my power.”
The $449 specs are available on Oakley’s website and select retail stores now. In a statement, Luxottica Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Scott Smith called the new headset the “ultimate hands-free training wearable that will push the boundaries of smart eyewear.
The device tracks things like power output, heart rate, speed, cadence, time, pace, and distance, and uses this information to analyze your performance. It then creates customized running and cycling training programs based on your performance, and leverages Intel’s Real Speech technology to provide “actionable feedback that is easy to digest, understand, and implement.” It may, for instance, tell you to go for 20 miles on the bike that day, and encourage you to push a little harder during your workout.
Luxottica and Intel, which first partnered to develop smart eyewear Oakley Sunglasses Wholesale back in 2014, say these glasses will help athletes stay focused and make real-time adjustments to their training “without fumbling with a phone or watch.”
“The device is intuitive, natural, and hands-free so athletes can communicate with the system in a live, natural way during workouts,” they added.