Oakley Airwave 1.5 Goggle takes your cold-weather sports high-tech

Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and a head-up display let you navigate, share info, and track your friends

Published: October 02, 2013 05:00 PM
Photo: Craig Saruwatari

While Google Glass and the Pebble watch get the buzz, the sports-equipment company Oakley is more quietly offering some pretty sophisticated wearable technology to cold-weather atheletes: The Airwave 1.5, announced Oct. 2, are snow goggles with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, GPS, social-media integration, and an accelerometer.

The Airwave 1.5 goggles can measure barometric pressure and temperature, elevation, and your speed and distance. There's a non-obstructive head-up display built into the lower right lens to show information and notifications; it looks  like a 14-inch monitor from a distance of 5 feet, said Oakley.  

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This version of the Airwave goggles brings more connectivity choices, increased processor speed, better display graphics, and longer battery life, says the company. If you have friends or family who are also wearing Airwaves, you can find and track them on the slopes. And when you pair the goggles with your phone, you can listen to your music and get alerts for incoming calls and text messages without having to haul out your phone.

Airwave 1.5 is a second-generation product; Oakley says last year's version was limited production, a test to see what its customers like and need. It offers a software developer kit, so developers can create apps for the goggles: For instance, the goggles come preloaded with a heart-monitor app from Polar.

Skiers, snowboarders, or early adopters who like the cold can get the Oakley Airwave 1.5 for $650; they're available now at Oakley.com and Apple.com, among other places.


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