When you think about the traditional forms of fitness, you probably picture two athletes. One goes to the gym, straps on a lifting belt, and heads for the squat rack. The other one merely opens their door and walks into the biggest gym on Earth: the great outdoors. From there it’s either picking a direction and running that way, or making sure the helmet’s on tight for the bike ride. Everysight is coming out with something for that latter group. The new Raptor uses AR technology to enhance cycling. The smart glasses company will be holding a test period to give cyclists the pre-release version of the Raptor, which they hope to gain enough feedback to refine their upcoming product.
How Does it Work?
When a cyclist wears the Raptor smart glasses, they are treated to an overlay of relevant information. It displays important metrics like speed, cadence (a cyclist’s pedaling rate), distance, and heart rate. The Raptor will also feature a map overlay for cyclists who want to forge new paths. A social aspect is also present in the Raptor’s promises features. A built-in high-resolution camera can take pictures of memorable sights on your ride with a single tap. In addition to this, a rider can share those photos with a developing Raptor community.
Everysight’s word of the day is ”unobtrusive.” Every overlay the upcoming smart glasses will feature is not going to get in the way of its user’s safety, which is especially important for urban bikers. While being able to see if you’re in your target heart rate zone is convenient, you still need to know if you’re about to slam into the car in front of you. For instance, the metrics are going to be projected directly in the biker’s line of sight, so their eyes won’t have to divert from the road in front of them. The overlay itself is a distinct and semi-transparent display.
Why Is Everysight’s Work Important for VR Fitness?
The ‘test pilot’ program will be held for three months. With hope, Everysight’s work is the kind that we can look forward to in the future with enhanced fitness. While most of the technology featured on our website is tethered to the indoors—whether a user is tied to a computer, a treadmill, or, just recently, a PS4—the Raptor is meant to be used out in the field, so to speak. Los Angeles cyclist Ken Josefsberg calls it a gamechanger, and he’s right. It’s taking a traditional form of fitness and making it better. The product description even sounds like movie shorthand for advanced technology: informational overlays.
The Raptor is still in its early stages. As a result, there are still a number of questions that are yet to be answered. Displaying a rider’s metrics implies that they will be wearing some sort of device that will track things like heart rate and feed it into the smart glasses. What are a rider’s options? Also, while the ability to take pictures seems to be a prerequisite for every piece of tech coming out in the last year—I think my MP3 player can take pictures now, too—wouldn’t that be an unnecessary distraction when a rider is on the move?
Everysight’s Raptor is what most people picture when they think of workouts in the future. Perhaps in the future, the weightlifters will have their own pair of AR smart glasses. It would display how many reps you’ve done, what set you’re on, and maybe even a comparison from how you did last time you did the exercise. Right now, though, we can only see wait to see what the test period will do for Everysight’s final product.