Unlike other "smart" goggles we've been seeing, like the Recon Jet . . .
or the Garmin Varia Vision . . .
. . . both of which put a tiny "heads-up" display into the user's field of vision, the Radar Pace uses built-in earbuds for an audio coaching experience.
|They're kind of like the Oakley Thumps, which had a built-in MP3 player - only now they connect to a smart phone and, with the help of a special training app, act like a personal training coach, pumping performance data into the user's ears. Sounds great, doesn't it?|
Being curious about what this coaching might sound like, I checked out the video for a simulation and was wholly underwhelmed (as opposed to being "whelmed," which is an actual word, albeit an uncommon one). The female voice doesn't sound terrifically different in tone or quality from the voice of the iPhone's Siri.
Whoever she is, she wants to be "your new workout partner."
|"OK, Radar, what's my workout plan for today?"|
"We're riding 20 miles, climbing 1,800 feet."
"How's my power?"
"Your power is 320 watts."
|Early version of the Radar Pace. They've made a lot of progress in reducing the size of the earpieces.|
|"Nice job balancing your effort on this hill."|
"How's my pace, Radar?"
"Your current pace is 7' 32" per mile, which is juusst right."
and your coach . . .
But it seems to me that if they really want to motivate, Oakley should make them sound more like Sgt. Hartman from Full Metal Jacket.
|"Dig in, you worthless puke maggot! Your watts are for S#!t !"|