Raptor smart glasses feel the need… the need for speed
Fighter jet HUD technology crammed into cycling wearables
With the Raptor smartglasses, Israeli firm Everysight is bringing 30 years’ experience of developing fighter jet display technology to the world of cycling wearables – and it really shows.Everysight, a spin-off of defence tech company Elbit Systems, is using augmented reality technology that overlays information such as speed, bearing, altitude, position and more directly into your line of sight.
It’s called Everysight Beam, and the makers say this approach – rather than the peripheral screens used by rivals such as Recon Jet and Kopin Solos – cuts distractions, reduces eyestrain and eliminates opaque display elements that can obscure the field of view.
Another big potential plus is that the glasses are claimed to be much lighter and more comfortable than existing alternatives, with superior optics. We’re interested to see how those claims stand up, and plan to put some test units through the BikeRadar wringer as soon as they’re available.
Say cheese! the raptor includes a camera: say cheese! the raptor includes a camera
The Raptor includes a forward-facing video camera for recording those tower flybys
Everysight CEO Asaf Ashkenazi said that his company has "more than 30 years of experience and dominate the market in vision systems and augmented reality, integrating real-time data in pilots’ helmets to optimise performance and keep pilots safe and focused on what matters”.Raptor will launch in 2016 as the first in a new range of smart glasses from Everysight. Check out the promo video below for an idea of how to make like Maverick and stage your own flybys on the local training loop.
Meet the battery-free bike light powered by magnetism
No batteries, no drag, no worries
Remember those bike lights powered by little friction generators? Remember how they were a real… drag? The NEO Reelight promises something better, and more impressive-sounding: a bike light that’s powered by a current induced by magnetism.
That’s Eddy currents, to be precise – also known as Foucault currents, they’re induced within conductors by a changing magnetic field in the conductor – the alloy wheels of a bicycle, in this case.
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So how does it work? Well the design looks much likes an old-school dynamo, and clips onto the forks or frame next to the wheel rim. The NEO generator contains six powerful magnets, and Eddy currents are generated within them when the rim starts rotating next to it.
The makers claim it generates enough power to run two 1W LEDs and one or two (front and rear light) low-power LEDs for backup light. When you’re riding, a concentrated beam is focused on the road ahead, and an extra-wide angle rear light provides rear and side visibility. When you’re stopped at the lights, a backup system kicks in to deliver energy to the low-power LEDs to keep you visible.
A closer look at the reelite: a closer look at the reelite
The makers have developed a prototype model of the new light, and are now on Kickstarter looking for funding. They’ve already raised $41,000 of their $60,000 goal from more than a thousand backers, with around a month still to go on the Kickstarter campaign. They’ve also already run tests with more than 4,000 cyclists, and teamed up with Danish design studio Kilo to come up with a simple, stylish form factor for the new lights.
Provided they hit their target, the NEO team hope to start manufacturing the first units this month, and have them ready to ship in time for Christmas 2015. Too bad reindeer can’t be fitted with them, eh?