Creating cycling sunglasses with a heads-up display certainly seems like a great idea, but so far many of the attempts we’ve seen, such as the Recon Jets, have had the problem that they blocked your vision on one side. The Kopin Solos could change this, featuring the world’s smallest optical module to make sure there’s nothing to get in the way of your vision.
Apparently featuring the same technology used by US fighter pilots, the display has been designed to “match the biometrics of the eye for heightened clarity”, with the display that you see being four times larger than those of its competitors, and apparently easy to make out even in bright sunlight.
The Kopin Solos include most of the technology you’d expect from most cycling computers, with ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity allowing you to see metrics such as speed, cadence, heart rate, and power. They can also be linked to the Solos app on iOS and Android, allowing for further analysis of your data.
And the hardware sounds just as impressive. Kopin claims to have tested its new sunglasses in a wind tunnel, meaning that they have been designed with a sleek design in an attempt to minimise aerodynamic drag. The arm holding the display can also be moved up and down to suit your preferences, and make it easy to see whatever your riding position.
Unfortunately, although we have plenty of details about the sunglasses themselves, Kopin is remaining tight-lipped about any price and possible release date, but it’s safe to say that they’re not going to be cheap.
Visit the Kopin Solos website for more details.