The Future Is Here: Oakley Airwave Goggles!

Remember Project Glass, the Google glasses that featured a heads-up-display and the option for augmented reality? Yeah, that was quite the big ticket news item for fans of cyberpunk and people who felt smartphones were becoming a little passe. Well, it seems that the world of sporting goods doesn’t want to be left out of the loop either!

They are known as the Oakley Airwave goggles, a set of eye wear that allows skiers to to consult stats on a heads-up-display while they are on the sloped. Amongst the information that skiers can project into their field of view are such stats as distance, temperature, speed and altitude. In addition, the goggles have a wireless connection feature which will keep the user apprised of their incoming calls and text messages. No word yet if emails will be included, but one thing at a time I guess 😉

I can remember my father telling me that you could tell if a person was important based on whether or not they carried a cell phone. According to him, unimportant people carried cell phones to look important; whereas important people didn’t need them because people waited on them. Having one only meant that you were on call wherever you were. And I don’t know about you, but the slopes is one place I don’t want to be reached! That’s why I go there in the first place!

Still, it’s a cool concept as far as hands free communication and networking are concerned. Coupled with Project Glass and other such products, this new wave of devices is paving the way for a future in which cell phones are obsolete. I imagine Apple and Blackberry are going to have something to say about this, or possibly an even more revolutionary product in mind. Only time will tell…

Check out this video of the goggles in action:


3 thoughts on “The Future Is Here: Oakley Airwave Goggles!

  1. I remember that I did my one and only black diamond slope shortly before we stopped skiing altogether. We owned our own equipment by them. But the cost of the lift ticket had reached the point where it cost the same as a lift ticket and equipment rental cost when we started. It just wasn’t worth it anymore.

    Thinking about downhill skiing and goggles with the ability to display slope information and conditions sounds like a bad idea. the visual would be too distracting when making quick decisions and minor corrections in challenging and/or high speed conditions.

    Taking the time to read information rather than learning the weather and slopes and the snow of your favorite ski resort is going to distract your attention from the slope and slow down your reaction time. I just don’t see how it will be all that different from trying to read messages on your phone while driving.

  2. At such high speeds these glasses are total distraction. Our pilots are already using these glasses to aim and for location tracing too. Location of pico projector must be altered to make glasses more efficient.

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