Augmenting Reality on the Slopes
Over the past couple years, the lines between skiing and video games have blurred somewhat. At the same time, people are now able to see the slopes with unparalleled clarity. Enter the world of augmented reality (AR) snow goggles, where the benefits of the eyewear now extend beyond wind and sun screening into electronic readouts that resemble what Ironman sees inside his helmet. Google Goggles, anyone?
Skiers and snowboarders find useful the features currently available and under development for AR snow goggles. Among these, goggle wearers can get email and text messages, find directions, read weather reports and record and broadcast your adventures on video while zipping down the trail. Even more interesting, some of these goggles are able to project your path via the angle of vision, zeroing in or your destination on a targeted display well before you get there. One such manufacturer, RideOn, launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the development of the latter technology, which raised more than $112,000 in just two months. Similar products are already available from Recon, Oakley and Zeal. To learn more about each of these products, visit these sites.