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I was recently laughed at by several sources on my predictions for where some of the Garmin technologies were heading with speculation about a Garmin 930XT. One particular area was the possibility of a fighter-pilot-like heads-up display (HUD). Complete nonsense of course, will never happen.
Then there was this announcement today. (lol, I think they say these days 🙂 )
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Next Evolution of Oakley Airwave™ Snow Goggle with Heads-Up Display to Serve as Wireless Video Display and Remote Control Solution for Garmin® VIRB® Elite Camera
We’re excited to announced that we have have teamed up with Oakley® to expand the functionality of the next evolution in Oakley Airwave™ alpine goggle technology. Wireless technology and a specially designed app will allow the goggle’s heads-up display to be used with the Garmin VIRB® Elite action camera.
“It is an honor to partner with Garmin, and we are excited to further expand the already stunning array of capabilities offered by Airwave goggles,” said Chris Donnelly, Oakley Senior Vice President of R&D & Optics. “Garmin’s solid reputation in the sport performance market and uncompromising level of quality matches up well with the Oakley brand.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Oakley to make it easy for people to control their VIRB Elite action camera using the Airwave 1.5 goggle,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Worldwide Sales. “Oakley shares our passion for innovation, and through this collaboration we’re enabling our customers to use our products in more ways than ever before. It’s a natural fit.”
Customers with the Oakley Airwave 1.5 snow goggle will be able to wirelessly connect their goggles to the VIRB Elite action camera, allowing the goggle to serve as a live video heads-up display, as well as a remote control. The glove-friendly remote for Airwave 1.5 enables the user to control camera features, and the goggle’s heads-up display can serve as the camera’s LCD display to show live video previews, as well as data from the camera’s built-in GPS sensor.
Oakley Airwave goggles combine world-class performance, protection and comfort with a heads-up display developed by Recon Instruments that integrates GPS, Wi-Fi, MFi Bluetooth® and more with a host of onboard sensors to offer instant access to a world of information. The innovative design allows the wearer to navigate resort maps; see jump analytics, speed and altitude; control their soundtrack; and locate and track friends on the slopes who have Oakley Airwave goggles or the Recon Engage App on their smartphone. Airwave 1.5 offers a broader range of connectivity, enhanced display graphics and improved battery life.
Donnelly added, “With Oakley Airwave 1.5 offering such a comprehensive range of features, a key focus in development was ease of use. The user interface of Garmin products sets the standard for the industry, and it further exemplifies the synergy between our two companies.”
The Garmin VIRB Elite action camera features built-in GPS, an accelerometer and an altimeter, and data seen in the Airwave 1.5 heads-up display can be overlaid onto the video recording. Aerodynamic and water resistant with an IPX7 rating, the camera has a rugged design that does not require a case for most activities, and the battery provides up to three hours of recording in full 1080p HD video. The VIRB Elite also has a 1.4″ Chroma display for convenient preview and playback.