Recon Instruments and Active Network, Inc. demonstrated a pair if ski goggles at the Google I/O tech conference Wednesday that enable skiers to see weather, wait times at lift lines, their speed and other data on a heads-up display (HUD). The goggles will be available this fall at more than 100 ski resorts.
Recon Instruments’ MOD Live HUD for ski goggles will be the first to run Active Network’s new RTP LiveView Android lifestyle app capable of delivering a highly differentiated experience where skiers and snowboarders can view direct-to-eye navigational information and personalized data within their goggles. The leading-edge, hands-free mobile technology represents a breakthrough application combining real-time content and adapted augmented reality technology in ski goggles—bringing immediacy and convenience to users right on the slopes.
Recon’s HUD Software Development Kit (SDK) integrates RTP LiveView technology adapted from two of Active Network’s proven mobile platforms—RTP LivePass and RTP REALX. The LivePass platform offers information about snow and weather conditions for ski runs, GPS mapping and live destination information including lift availability, along with personalized touches such as social media integration, photo galleries, and up-to-the-second personal statistics. In addition, RTP REALX was used to create REALSKI, the first augmented reality application designed to help guests navigate ski resorts. Currently available for over 100 North American ski resorts, Active Network’s patent-pending technology is being adapted to a new form factor to provide a unique navigation experience for users of MOD Live.
“Adapting Active’s proprietary software to this exciting new consumer platform underscores our commitment to delivering innovative and compelling solutions to our customers, while also exploring the outer limits of technology,” said Darko Dejanovic, chief product, technology and innovation officer at Active Network. “Working with leading-edge technology partners like Recon is part of our on-going strategy to continuously strive for the best and most promising applications that have the potential to significantly enhance how people participate in activities they are passionate about.”
“We are proud to be one of the 100 innovators selected to demonstrate our new Heads-up Display within the Google I/O Sandbox,” said Tyson Miller, director of online at Recon Instruments. “Recon is the first company in the world to bring a HUD to market successfully, and this collaboration with Active Network illustrates our continued innovation at the forefront of HUD technology. We believe skiers and riders will love these new apps and we look forward to non-snow sports enthusiasts being able to enjoy this technology soon.”
Recon Instruments’ MOD Live HUD for ski goggles with integrated RTP LiveView functionality is expected to be available in time for the ski season this fall. To experience these new goggles like you’re right there on the slopes, check out this demo video or get a hands-on demo at Recon Instruments’ display area within the Developers Sandbox at Google I/O, June 27-29, 2012 in San Francisco.
Serving over 50,000 global business customers and driving over 80 million transactions annually, Active Network help organizations get participants, manage their events and build communities online Active Network is headquartered in San Diego, California and has over 30 offices worldwide.