Recon Mod Live: A dashboard in your ski goggles
The ski and snowboarding season is upon us, and there are a number of tech products out there that let you track your runs, keep in touch with buddies, and listen to music, but the Recon Mod Live just might be one of the coolest gadgets for skiers and snowboarders yet.
Developed by Recon Industries, the Mod Live uses a micro-optic display (hence, Mod) to project real-time information about your run, such as distance, speed, altitude, and vertical drop, right inside your ski goggles. The product consists of a mini computer on the right side that includes a GPS chip, accelerometers, a mini LCD, and 600MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, which is connected to a battery on the left side through a single cable. Users then insert the Mod Live into their goggles to view a virtual dashboard of stats.
Our initial reaction to the Mod Live was to worry that skiers and snowboarders would be distracted by all this information, posing a hazard to everyone else on the slopes. However, Recon says that the virtual image is very small and likened it to viewing a 14-inch (diagonally) image from five feet away.
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