Smart eyewear glides into sleek glasses

Using a micro projection system that integrates into light glasses, ActiveLook says its NexT technology allows eyewear manufacturers to integrates augmented reality into their products without weight or size penalties.

NexT delivers information in action and is intended for sports brands, eyewear manufacturers and technology companies, who can product connected sports eyewear with a heads-up display of data delivered via Bluetooth. The NexT platform is customisable and supported with a growing ecosystem of ActiveLook-compatible applications, explains the company.

The technology targets the world of sport where mixed reality can be a benefit as a navigational aid as well as to monitor and analyse physical performance in cyclists, runners, skiers or triatheletes.

ActiveLook eyewear has an embedded, invisible micro display which can show a route, speed or heart rate data, depending on the sport of activity, without obstructing the wearer’s view of the horizon. The module is based on a monochrome AMOLED display with 304 x 256 pixel resolution and consuming less than 1mW. This is 30 times less than the most advanced competing device, says ActiveLook. Gesture control is used to select the data to be displayed.

The module has a battery life of 12 hours and weighs just 6g. It provides a readable display regardless of ambient light conditions, says the company. It connects via Bluetooth Low Energy to a smartphone or watch and can also be connected to specific sensors, such as for heart rate or power.

The data display set up can be customised and the eyewear has an adjustable nose bridge and can be adjusted at the temples to ensure a good fit.

The NexT technology-enabled glasses can use LE connection to Garmin IQ Connect, iOS and Android via Bluetooth Low Energy.


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