Garmin has unveiled what is essentially a cycling heads-up display: the Garmin Varia Vision. Come on – you know you want to call this thing the “Garmin Glass.”
The device is designed to display GPS data and other alerts right on the lenses where it is visible to the cyclist.
“We’re extremely excited to announce the next device in our line of innovative Varia cycling awareness products – the Varia Vision in-sight display,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “Cyclists can now easily view their data and receive alerts during a ride without needing to take their eyes off the road ahead.”
The device is scheduled to ship in the first part of 2016, and will retail for $399.99. In addition to integrating with your existing Garmin handlebar mounted GPS devices, it can also connect with the already-cool Garmin rearview radar, as well as features of your smartphone.
According to the press release, the controls for the device – which mounts to the arms of the glasses unit – is tailored for operation both with gloves, and in wet weather. Presumably this means via a large button or buttons. The unit itself is movable from one arm to the other for personal preference on which hand to use to control it.
Garmin also advertises 8 hours of battery life on a single charge.