Fitness nerds and athletes are in for a tech savvy round of awareness. The latest product introduced in the fitness segment is going to enable a voice in their head. Shocked? Well, the tech doesn’t exactly install a voice in your head, but it comes close.
Intel and Oakley have collaborated together and have come up with a smart eyewear which has a Siri like integration in it. What it does is that it coaches you with voice commands while you run. It seems like you get your own personal trainer without having to hire one.
“They’re called Radar Pace and they’ll go on sale late this year,”said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich in his CES keynote. Think of them as a Siri for athletes.
Start by saying “Hey Radar, what’s my workout today,” and she’ll reply with something like “We’re going 20 miles and climbing 1800 feet.” (That’s if you’re an athlete. For the rest of us, it would be more like three miles and a hundred feet.)
Start your run, and you can then ask Radar questions like, “How’s my pace?” and she’ll tell you. She’ll also tell you to pick up the pace if you’re lagging. The glasses are suitable for runners and cyclists, Krzanich said.
Although the tech in the glasses wasn’t explained, they have earplugs and a microphone, and there’s a tiny computer on one of the arms. They’re a bit like Google Glass in that sense, though Radar Pace looks more like a normal pair of sunglasses and a lot less dorky.
Intel’s Curie chip is most likely to used, which has an on-board processor, accelerometer and Bluetooth radio. It wasn’t clear if the glasses worked in conjunction with a smartphone for the GPS, but it seems to be the case as GPS uses a lot of battery power.
The price of the product wasn’t revealed but it is expected to be announced later in the year.
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