|Who needs to see where they're going when there's so much data to digest? (Recon Jet)|
|The Garmin Varia Vision is designed to attach to the user's own choice of riding glasses.|
Garmin has a video to extol the virtues of Varia Vision display. In it, there are images that are supposed to give us an idea of what the rider would see with the device:
|Dear God! I hope it doesn't actually look like this! Did we just get sucked into a video game?|
|Are these Tron-like images supposed to make people want Varia Vision? Sorry, but it has the opposite effect on me.|
And it's not just for performance junkies, but Garmin also makes the claim that their "In-sight Display" is a great tool for commuters:
|"I have this vision of keeping my focus forward," reads one quote from the video. "I have this vision of fewer close calls on my commute," reads another.|
Want to keep your focus forward? Want fewer "close calls" on your commute? Then keep your focus on the road and your surroundings -- not on a computer display, whether mounted to your handlebars or right in front of your eyes. How important is it to get performance data on commute to work when you're sharing the road with over-caffeinated cell-phone-addled drivers? Do you need the In-sight display to tell you when you have an incoming call? Do you really need GPS directions to tell you how to get to work?
Even when all this info is being projected onto a tiny "heads-up" display on your glasses, just trying to process it mentally takes your focus off the road, and the possible dangers that can crop up in a split second. As far as I'm concerned, that's what leads to more close calls.
There is such a thing as data overload. When I'm riding -- especially in traffic -- the best computer I have available to me takes no batteries:
The rest is just a distraction.