Everysight is unveiling its Raptor augmented reality smartglasses that can deliver the equivalent of a fighter jet display to help boost cycling performance.
The Raptor gives users a transparent display that overlays sharp, high-resolution information in the user’s line of sight so they don’t have to look down at a watch or try to find critical information in some other way.
Haifa, Israel-based Everysight is targeting a test pilot program to cyclists and triathletes who want to gain a competitive advantage to boost their training, improve their race day performance, and safely enhance their fitness and health.
“Current smartglasses obstruct the rider’s vision,” said Asaf Ashkenazi, CEO of Everysight, in a statement. “The Raptor provides riders with a true augmented reality experience by floating information crisply and directly before the eye without blocking an athlete’s vision, meaning they can safely access and analyze vital information on the go and maximize their performance.”
Everysight’s patented Beam technology presents information as a projection out in front of the user, rather than delivering information via an object or element located near the eye area — which would obscure the rider’s vision — like other competitive products do. The on-lens projection displays real-time information, such as turn-by-turn navigation, time, distance, speed, heart rate, cadence, and power, while reducing eyestrain and keeping a rider’s vision clear.
Riders can use a controller located on their handlebars, voice command, or a simple swipe and touch pad located on the temples of the Raptor to control various functions, including maps, volume, brightness, communication, and more. A look-and-shoot camera captures high-definition video that can be uploaded and analyzed post-ride. Videos can also be shared with friends and followers through any social media channel.
The Raptor pairs with external sensors to capture more data. All captured information (heart rate, cadence, speed, power, etc.) uploads to Raptor’s companion app (Android and iOS), and can be shared through social media channels or synced to popular third-party fitness and cycling apps.
Test pilots will shape the user experience by test-driving and providing feedback during the final phase of Raptor’s development. Everyone who applies will reserve a spot in line to be among the first to purchase the consumer version when it launches.
“As a cycling coach, the ability to have all your metrics in front of you without having to take your eyes off the road is incredible…looking straight through the data, it’s amazing, and it’s so much safer and clearly the future of cycling,” said Simon Kessler, a professional coach in Florida, in a statement.
“When I am out doing the intervals and having the numbers just up in front of me, I am not having to look down, I am able to keep up a nice consistent power, and as far as safety, the more I can keep my eyes on the road and not look down at my computer, the safer it is,” said Dana Williams at Achieve Performance Training and Coaching, in a statement.
Everysight spun out from Elbit Systems, the largest Israeli defense technology contractor in the world and the market leader in advanced fighter jet helmet-mounted display and vision systems. The Everysight team embarked on a mission to revolutionize the way consumers see and experience information from the world around them. The company was founded 10 years ago, and its investors include Haim Saban.
“We have spent the last decade perfecting a fighter jet pilot-like helmet-display system, complete with augmented reality but housed in a lightweight and sleek form factor that consumers can easily use,” said Ashkenazi. “Currently, we have early beta testers around the world using the product and providing real-world situation feedback. Based on their feedback and our internal testing, we are fine-tuning what will be a perfectly balanced performance companion that minimizes eyestrain, provides real-time information, and keeps an athlete’s eyes focused on the road ahead.”