Oakley launches its Radar Pace talking sunglasses

New sunnies interact via earbuds and a built-in microphone

We first covered the Radar Pace back in January, when Oakley said that it was just in the early stages of development. Well, it’s moved fast because the new sunnies have just been launched.

Priced at £400, the Radar Pace is a collaboration between Oakley and Intel, designed to give real time feedback on training and performance. At its heart is a set of Oakley’s Radar glasses, which are equipped with earbuds and a microphone.

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Radar pace includes a microphone and earbuds as well as a touch sensitive control panel

Radar pace includes a microphone and earbuds as well as a touch sensitive control panel

Oakley also provides a touch pad on the left side of the glasses, which can be touched or swiped to control functionality. There are also sensors built into the glasses: an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and pressure, humidity and proximity sensors. Radar Pace is recharged via USB and is IPx5 water resistant.

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The intelligence is provided by a mobile phone app, which comes as a free download in Android and iOS variants.

Oakley says that Radar Pace “interprets data in real-time, provides personalized and actionable instruction and motivation during the course of a workout and holds athletes accountable to a structured and dynamic training program.”

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There’s Bluetooth connectivity to other devices such as mobile phones for calls, texts and music. You can also get data from other external devices such as power meters, heart rate sensors and GPS units, both via Bluetooth and ANT+.

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Oakley sponsored athlete Craig Alexander using Radar Pace

Oakley sponsored athlete Craig Alexander using Radar Pace

Part of the Radar Pace package is a set of training programmes appropriate to your experience and goals. The athlete’s interaction with Radar Pace is via Intel’s Real Speech technology. This allows you to ask questions and receive feedback and metrics in real time.

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Oh yes, and the lenses use Oakley’s Prizm optics, which it says dramatically enhances detail. “Radar Pace is a testament that everything can and will be made better,” says Scott Smith, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Oakley’s parent company Luxottica. “It is the ultimate hands-free training wearable that will push the boundaries of smart eyewear.”

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