Varia Vision is like Google Glass for cyclists

Tired of looking down at your computer to see your data? The first in-sight cycling display from Garmin launched at CES 2016 could be for you. Unlike other heads-up displays that integrate a display unit into proprietary glasses, Varia Vision is an attachment that mounts to existing sunglasses.

Riding a bike can be dangerous, especially in large cities. Garmin hopes to change that with this lightweight display that attaches to either side of an existing pair of sunglasses and relays information directly in your line of sight. The device integrates with a few other Garmin products, like the Edge line for performance monitoring. It also works with Varia Review Radar, alerting the rider when a vehicle is approaching from behind. Now you won’t lose focus while trying to nail your targets for a workout, find the next turn or stay aware of cars approaching from behind.

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Garmin Varia Vision will also be able to turn your sunglasses into smart glasses, by connecting with your phone using Bluetooth, allowing you to receive alerts for incoming calls, texts and other notifications.

“We’re extremely excited to announce the next device in our line of innovative Varia cycling awareness products – the Varia Vision in-sight display,” Garmin vice president of worldwide sales Dan Bartel said in a press release.

“Cyclists can now easily view their data and receive alerts during a ride without needing to take their eyes off the road ahead.”

Varia VisionVaria Vision comes with a claimed weight of just 29.7g, and features a light sensor that makes sure that the colour display is readable whatever the conditions. A bit like Google Glass, the device has a touch panel to allow you to navigate between different data screens (each displaying up to four metrics at any one time), that will work even when wearing gloves.

This allows you to view information such as your heart rate, power and speed and still keep your eyes peeled for potential hazards in front of you. The wearable can even help you find your way with detailed navigation prompts, complete with street names, directional arrows and distance to turn.

Varia Vision isn’t unique — Recon Instruments makes the Jet, which is very similar in concept. The Garmin, however, promises twice the battery life (8 hours versus the Jet’s 4) and costs $100 less.

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In the meantime – head over to Garmin’s website for more information, or check out the product video.

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