Olympic cyclists are training with these smart glasses…and so can you


As if cycling gear didn’t look sci-fi enough already, enter the Solos Smart Cycling Glasses – a high tech pair of smart glasses currently in the hands of pros and on its way to the public.

Designed exclusively for biking, the smart glasses are assisting the US Olympics Cycling Team as they prepare for the upcoming 2016 Summer Games in Rio.

The US Cycling Team in motion

However, it’s not just Olympians getting in on the smart shades – the device is also undergoing a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, with an expected release this October.

Remiscent of Google Glass, Solos use an optics display to overlay information over the cyclist’s vision as they ride – such as their heart rate, speed, distance, and elevation.

The glasses can also track data on a dedicated smartphone app, as well as sync with other programs like MapMyRide, Strava and TrainingPeak.

Also similar to Google Glass is Solos’ pricetag. While not as costly as Google’s take on eyewear, a pair of Solos will be sold for $500 – a cost made a little more palatable by a 50% discount for the first 200 backers who sign up on Kickstarter, but still fairly steep for a pair of shades that only function when on a bike.

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